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How to Turn a 35mm Negative Into a Digital Image

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DIY or Use a Professional

35mm negative film size is 35mm x 23mm or 1 3/8" x 15/16". There are a couple of ways to get a 35mm Negative into a digital image. You can buy a scanner and do it yourself or you can hire a professional to scan them for you. There are a few factors to consider and we have covered them all for you. Scanning 35mm Negatives on your own will take a lot of your time but could possible save you money depending on the amount of 35mm Negatives that you have. In most cases though having a professional scan them for you in the end will be cheaper. 35mm negatives have great quality in your film, so why not get them scanned to preserve them forever. Deciding on the resolution you will need will help you make a decision. A 35mm negative scanned at a 2000 dpi resolution is equivalent to a 4.6 megapixel camera and can print up to a 6"x9". A 4000 dpi resolution is equivalent to a 18.5 megapixel camera and can print up to an 11"x17". Below will give you more information on factors to consider when making a decision on scanning them yourself or sending them to a professional.
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If you would like to do it yourself there are a couple of things to consider. You need a scanner that will scan your negatives and be capable of scanning each type of negative you have. There are many different kinds out there. If you aren't sure what type of negative you have check here. You will want to make sure they scan at a high enough resolution so that your digital image will have all the details that are in your 35mm negative film. You will want at least a 2000 dpi (dots-per-inch) which will print up to a 6x9 and is equivalent to a 4.6 megapixel camera. You will want to get a scanner that is a higher end scanner which has all the elements to give you the color, contrast and clarity that you are looking for. Another thing to consider is the amount of time that it will take you to scan your 35mm negatives. Even the best scanners are a minute or more per negative to scan unless they are only able to scan them at very low quality. There are a lot of different scanners out there. There are flatbed ones and ones that will individually take and scan a strip of your 35mm negative film. The quality for all the different ones will range greatly so you definitely get what you pay for. Make sure to look out for that when shopping for a scanner. You also need to consider that no matter how great of a scanner you use, your images will still need some editing afterwards. If you know PhotoShop or other editing software then you are good otherwise there is a lot of training that goes into knowing how to edit the colors and contrast in your images.

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Use a Professional

When using a Professional there are a few things that you will want to make sure of. There are some that are based out of the United States. You ship your order to California and then they send your priceless memories on freight ships out of the country to have them scanned. There is a huge risk of something happening to them at that point. I would stay away from those companies. One that uses high quality scanners to give you the best possible scans is essential. At Larsen Digital we are not only based in the United States but everything is scanned in our office in Utah. Only the highest quality scanners are used to scan your film. A skilled staff like what we have at Larsen Digital is very important as well. This will make sure that your entire project turns out perfectly just the way you hoped. The pro to using a professional is that it will be scanned and returned to you in a very short amount of time. If you are doing it yourself it can be a very long tedious process. When you receive your images back everything is done for you. Your images will be scanned, rotated, color corrected and ready to share.

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Now That They are Digital

There are a few fun things that you can do with your digital images. You can upload them online, email them, use in a slideshow or make prints out of them. Larsen Digital can help you do all of these things or you can do them on your own.

The best thing you can do with your negatives is to first get them scanned into a digital image. Preserving them is the greatest gift you can give to your children and their children. You don't want them to deteriorate any more than they already have. Film was never meant to last for a long period of time. The dyes in your film deteriorate leaving you with faded discolored pictures. We know how much these pictures mean to you so now is the time to act. Larsen Digital can take your 35mm negatives and scan them at high resolutions to give you a beautiful digital image. Included with your scan is a free standard color correction to fix those fading colors and contrast issues. There is no better time than now to preserve your memories so you will have them easily accessible and be able to share them with others. There are quite a few fun ways to share your digitized negatives. You can upload them to the cloud to easily share with those you want too. You can also make a Slideshow for yourself and also to give to others. You can have prints made or use your images in a photo book, scrapbook, etc. Social Media sites are a really fun way to share your images as well. Tag the pictures and others can quickly see themselves.

Now is the time to finally get your 35mm negatives out of storage and scanned before it's too late! Larsen Digital can help you.

History of 35mm Film

The 35mm format, or simply 35mm, is the common name for the 24x36 mm film format or image sensor format used in photography. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. It has been employed in countless photographic applications including rangefinder cameras (film and digital), mirrorless digital cameras, digital SLRs, point-and-shoot film cameras, and disposable film cameras.

The format originated with Oskar Barnack and his introduction of the Leica camera in the 1920s. Thus it is sometimes called the Leica format or Barnack format. The name 35mm originates with the total width of the 135 film, the perforated cartridge film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame DSLR. The term 135 format remains in use. In digital photography, the format has come to be known as full frame, FF or FX, the latter invented as a trade mark of Nikon. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called miniature format or small format, terms meant to distinguish the it from the middle and large formats.

Information found on Wikipedia.