3 reasons why you should scan your own film

1 .It’s fun

Scanning film is fun? Of course but let me explain why. Recently, I started scanning my own film. Before I would have my film scanned when I got my film developed. If you don't have a scanner I suggest you doing so since you film is there and more than often they have scanners there. A one stop shop. 

However, what’s the fun in that? With scanning film comes an experience. When you receive your film scans back you get negatives. You can hold them up to a light and see the negative and get a rough idea of what the picture looks like. However, I don't get the full effect of the image until I see the positive. When I scan my film and get those small previews, the magic begins. You start to see the image you have created it. Then when you do a full scan you get to see your image in its glory. It’s truly a magical experience when see your scanned image blown up on your screen.

2. Save that money

As I stated above, usually when I send my film out to get developed I also get it scanned. Of course you're paying for scanning it. Scans range in a couple dollars up to $10-$15 depending on the file size. A scanner will run you any where from $50 to upwards of a couple hundred for a consumer level scanner. Say your paying $5 per roll (~5 images) on a 36 exposure roll. About $35+ per 36 exposure roll. You buy a $150 scanner, you're going to pay that $150 for 5 rolls if you were to get 5 rolls scan by a third party. So a scanner isn’t that bad of an investment if you’re plan on scanning a decent amount of film.

3. Get more out of negatives

Having your film negatives scanned saves quite a bit of time but you loose out on details. When you are scanning negatives you want to get the most details you can. A great thing about shooting film is the latitude. You have the ability to underexpose and overexpose film a couple stops and still be able to bring the details back.

Most developing/scanning labs will scan based on your specifications (contrast level, exposure level, mood). However, they're scanning the photo based on how they edit. Granted, they are putting your style into account. When scanning you're own film, you control the exposure of the scan, the contrast of the scan, etc. You have full control of your film and how you want it to look. You control everything allowing you to get the most of the negatives for you.

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