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Viewing and Scanning Negatives

A Tip for Viewing Negatives

People come into our shop wanting prints off negatives and ask if they can use our "device" that will let them view their negatives as a positive. They are amazed when we pull out our light-box and a smartphone!

By enabling “Invert Colours” or "Negative Colours" under your smartphone’s “Accessibility” setting, the camera turns into a viewer that allows photographic negatives to be viewed as positives. Depending on your phone it will be something like Settings, Accessibility, Vision, Negative colours or Colour inversion.

You need a well lit background - we use a professional lightbox in our store but for home we suggest a blank PC or tablet screen - just open up a blank document.

We don't recommend using this system for capturing a copy of the photo as phones pick up a flicker from the light box and screens produce a texture from the array of pixels. We can convert negatives and slides to digital for you.

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