Get the Best of Both: The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

Yesterday, I used my Kickstarter funded Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner and Lomoscanner app for the first time!

Lomography Film Scanner by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2013
Lomography Film Scanner by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2013

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:

Lomoscanner Menu by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2013
Lomoscanner Menu by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2013

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 Hair Bun - first scan from my Lomography Film Scanner using my iPhone
The Hair Bun – first scan from my Lomography Film Scanner using my iPhone

The result of my first scan has a very blue cast. I compared it to the print that Blue Moon Camera and Machine in Portland made for me and that I wrote about in Blue Moon Camera Delights.

The Hair Bun - Print by Blue Moon Camera, Photo by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2013
The Hair Bun – Print by Blue Moon Camera, Photo by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2013

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.

The Avante Garde Anachronist by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2013
The Avante Garde Anachronist by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2013

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.

 

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