Get to grips with Lomography’s Smartphone Film Scanner.
When cameras went digital, every area of photography was completely revolutionised. We are now able to view, edit and eliminate photographs on the device itself; we can store our photo collections on a computer; but perhaps most significant is the fact that many of us have stopped printing our memories. The need to travel to a photo developing shop has diminished, and although it is easy enough to print digital photos, more and more people are creating digital albums and sharing their snaps on their computer, television, smartphone, tablet or online. Consequently, photos from yesteryear remain in albums or developers’ packets collecting dust. It’s now possible, however, to resurrect those pre-digital shots, and store and share them just like new images you capture. At only £49/$59 (http://shop.lomography. com), the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner is a compact device that requires a couple of batteries, your 35mm negatives and a smartphone — that is all! Once set up, it can scan as many negatives as you like, storing them on your smartphone for you to do with as you wish.
Scan in negatives. Rediscover pre-digital snaps.
Set up the device.
In order to set up the Lomography smartphone film scanner, first remove the stackers from the scanner base. Lift the battery door and insert two AA batteries. Remove the black light panel while you are there so you are left with a white square.
Insert the negative.
Place the negative into the film-loading slit where it says ‘Insert Film Here’. Turn the wheel anti-clockwise to reel it through.
You can tweak this later on to position it more accurately. If you keep turning the wheel, the negative will come out the other end.
Position the smartphone.
Place the stackers back on top of one another and turn the switch on. Press the button to open the clamp wings and secure your smartphone between them. Move the clamp until the phone’s camera lens lines up with the hole.
Get the app.
Open your smartphone’s camera to check it’s in the right position. Best results will be achieved with the LomoScanner app. Free on iTunes and Google Play, open the app and make sure this is also lined up. Press the red camera icon.
Reverse the colours.
Once captured, press the film reel icon to the left of the red camera icon in order to edit and add effects, such as monochrome. Here, we want the negative to be reversed so that the shot appears the same as the original, therefore we press Neg.
Store and share.
Now you are able to digitally store your old images alongside your recent ones in your Camera Roll or digital albums. You can easily share them with friends and relatives, whether to embarrass or reminisce. Attach your photos to email, Facebook or Twitter.
Get the most out of LomoScanner.
There are tricks LomoScanner lets you do that can help you to improve your photos more. Use our top tips below to get even better captures.
Crop the negative.
If you want the image that you capture to have a rectangular shape, like a standard photograph, press the film negative icon above the red camera icon (as shown above).
Zoom in or out.
Zoom in or out of the negative by pressing the ‘+’ or ‘-’ symbol, and move the phone via the clamp for greater accuracy. Be aware that this may weaken the quality, though.
Add an effect.
Press the film reel icon below the red camera to add effects to your image. You can choose to revert to the negative effect, convert to black and white, add a slide effect and more.