Intro by Skip Cohen
We're all at home and hunkered down looking for things to do that are more than just fun, but useful. My buddy Mark Toal switched gears this week with a great App that solves the challenge of all those old negatives most of you have had stored in shoeboxes for years. And for those of you with young kids at home, here's something they can do to bring back great memories and capture joy!
I love Mark's comment with a recent share on Facebook, which says it all: "Scanning negatives with my iPhone sure beats watching the news!"
Check out more of Mark Toal's work with a visit to his website and blogs. As a member of the LUMIX team at Panasonic, you'll also find a lot of solid content on making the most of LUMIX cameras. Follow the LUMIX Ambassador team too. The group is one of the most diverse and creative teams in photography, and all the ambassadors should be on your radar. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much great content they share.
by Mark Toal
I accidentally stumbled onto something that is bringing me great joy during this time of isolation. While surfing the web I came across a reference to a free App, FilmDeveloper, that turns my iPhone into a negative scanner. With time on my hands and thousands of old 35mm negatives I stared scanning and posting the images to Instagram and Facebook.
The scans aren’t very high resolution, but they are good enough for online use, plus fast and easy to do. I scan in the evenings and post them fairly late. The joy comes when I press the button on my phone that turns the negative into a positive, then again when I wake up in the morning, and see how much people have enjoyed my trip down memory lane.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.