What is a negative scanner ?

Are you tired of going to the studio just to get a copy of the picture that you hold a negative of? Are you tired of pictures or photos that are not very clear? Do you have old negatives that you wish to convert into pictures? Then you have come to the right place.

Negative scanner is a device or machine built for those people who want the photos that are stored on their negatives, directly into the hard disk of the computer without the struggle and the drag. Negative film scanner is a hardware of the computer that is somehow similar to the normal scanners, just that the negative scanner is a bridge between the film and the modern digital photography. The use of films have been mostly eliminated by the modern digital world technologies as the digital cameras are quite affordable, they also don’t require the drag for the purchasing of roll after roll as in the film photography.

The photo negative scanner is a great device that can convert the photos from your negative to your computer, hence making it available to make as much copies as you want within seconds and send the copies via e-mail, flash drives or other ways. They can also be printed anytime on a paper easily without any problem at all. Photographs taken on a film can now easily be imported into the computer and that is possible with the help of a negative scanner. There are a number of benefits for the photographers in using negative scanners  though the main one can be converting slides at your choice and also editing them. The photographer can easily tone the picture, adjust the light settings from the software and e-mail to anyone with just a click of the mouse.

There are number of types of negative scanners that come with various features and price tags accordingly. A notable model would be Canoscan 8800f scanner. Canoscan 8800f is manufactured by Canon and comes with guarantee and warranty. Like all Canon products, they are cost-efficient and include many features.

The two most important aspects to remember when using a digital negative scanner are as follows:

  • Removing dust from the scanner: Negatives are generally very old and hence should be cleaned first. Take a soft DRY CLOTH and clean the negative gently. One other option for this is to buy a bulb and look at the light of the bulb through the negative. Inspect the negative for any fingerprints and if they exist, clean them with the soft dry cloth.
  • Using the negative scanner: The second and the final step is to place the negative inside the negative scanner. One must read the manual before using the negative scanner as different types of negative scanners will have different ways of scanning the negatives.

If you are having many negatives and looking to convert them, yet don’t have the patience to wait for the photographer, buying a negative slide scanner is ideal. It’s important to consider the features, requirements and most importantly budget while choosing one for your needs.