So you have some old negatives stashed away in a drawer? Aren't you curious what's on them? Or maybe you are still shooting film? With Positron you can easily see what is on your negatives! Just move the iPhone camera over the negative strip and the positive image is continually displayed (in real-time) on the screen.
Positron works both with color and Black & White film negatives of various sizes. It has the following features:
- Sliders to easily adjust the color balance (red/green/blue) of color negatives (to compensate for the orange mask).
- Tap to focus.
- Pause/Resume the live feed by tapping the image window.
- Save the captured image to the iPhone camera roll as a 720x720 image (iPhone 4 & 4S) and 480x480 (iPhone 3GS).
- Black & White mode.
- Loupe (2x).
- Slider settings are remembered.
You will need something to light up the negative from behind. Best is a light table/box. If you have an iPad you can use it as light table. It is also possible to use the lit up Apple logo on the back of a MacBook.
- First pre-focus the camera. Try to find the closest focus distance of your device.
- Place the negative strip on a backlit surface.
- Move the iPhone back and forth until the image is in focus.
- Tap the image window to pause the live feed.
- Inspect the image and make color adjustments (in color mode).
- The same color settings usually apply for all frames on your negative film. So you can now tap the image window again to resume the live feed and inspect the rest of your film.
- Pause the live feed.
- Inspect the image to make sure it looks good.
- Save the image to your camera roll by pressing the button with the camera icon.
- Resume the live feed.
The screen shots show Positron in action on color and Black & White 35mm and 120-film. An iPad was used as a light table.
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