The film scanner allows you to convert film to digital using your smartphone! It’s great for resurrecting images from film whether old or newly made. This box arrived in March but required AA batteries which I finally got. I also waited for the free companion app Lomoscanner to also come out. The menu looks like this:
If you press the film canister button you can chose among film types from slide to negative as well as black and white. The + and – buttons allow you to zoom in or out to fill the frame.
The gorgeous soft tones printed from the Kodak Portra film reminded me that there’s some skill involved to get from a negative to a pleasing image. Rather than attempt to duplicate this result I decided to take the image in a different direction using the plethora of smartphone / iPhone apps available.
I kept the sprocket holes from Lomoscanner and added a Polaroid border from Lo-Mob to redouble the references to old yet still popular films in a mobile age. Then, recalling some advice from Cindy Patrick while we were in NYC at the MPA Photo Show, I experimented with the app Iris, renamed Laminar, adding textures and color to various versions before blending them in Image Blender.
The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner adds an extra workflow input path with a distinct value proposition. There’s value in printing images from film as well as scanning them into my smartphone / iPhone for more interpretations. The Lomography Film Scanner allows me to get the best of both.
All writing and images by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2013. Reblogging perfectly okay with author attribution and link to original post.
- Lomography’s Smartphone Film Scanner Creates Digital Images from Analog Film (laughingsquid.com)
- Lomography Announces LomoScanner App For iPhone (inventorspot.com)
- Digitize Your Old Film Negatives With The Lomography Smartphone Scanner (appadvice.com)
- Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner goes on sale for $59 (engadget.com)