Use your Iphone as a negative viewer

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  1. Mainecoonmaniac

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    Good to see young guy using film and a very useful tool. Just tried it and it worked great!
     
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    I just set up my iPhone to do this today - it's not going to replace contact sheets (generally washed out and poor blacks) but this is a very smart idea to quickly peruse negs.

    Easy to do and works great in a pinch.
     
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    Just saw this today as well. I agree the quality isn't good enough to replace contact sheets, but it's great to get a sense of what you've got with a freshly developed roll of film.
     
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    Please, please please though, wait until those rolls are bone dry......
     
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    Nice idea.

    Something that I've been doing is using my iPad as a lightbox -- I have the flashlight app which makes the screen white (and it will stay on indefinitely) and with my loupe and negative sheets it works great.
     
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    I used to do it with my shitty flip phone when i was in high school. I still do it with my equally as shitty slider phone...
     
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    That's simple & clever! Thanks internet!

    Marc!
     
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    You can do the lightbox thing with a digital P&S or DSLR - just take a pic of a white sheet of paper. Voila - instant lightbox! And when you run the batteries down, well hey, you still have a real camera to take photos with!
     
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    Ive also been doing this for awhile now too, but I use a free sbsettings toggle from cydia to enable inverted colors. It is much easier to do this if your negs are sleeved and on a light box than hanging free. You can also rest your phone camera on a loupe for a magnified view.

    Sometimes when I do want a quick look while drying, i max out the brightness of the screen (another sbsettings toggle), and open up the web browser and a new blank tab. This gives me a bright white screen to put behind the negs that are hung up to view them quickly.
     
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    This is a fairly common and neat function of modern smartphones.
    I use my Samsung Galaxy SII with light to snatch a quick examination of trannies. It is very, very bright. Works a treat using face/flashlight option of app (if that isn't enough, I also have flashing red and blue lights and a police siren on the Galaxy for when I'm really late to the lab!).
     
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    Well, I'll be a monkeys uncle. I've been trying to figure out how to invert the video feed on the iPhone for weeks.
    Guess I should have just asked the nearest 20 year old.

    Jolly good show.
     
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    Smartphones/tablets also work great as makeshift light tables. I use the "flashlight" type app that lights up the screen to view negs on.
     
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    The possibilities are endless. How about a BW paper flasher or maybe you can snap a pic of your neg and you can figure out paper exposure time with burning and dodging previews?
     
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    That's a really cool idea. People have been able to write light-meter apps for phones, so I'm sure it's within the realm of possibility, so long as you could figure out the calibration.
     
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    Heaven forbid anyone would actually use their imagination anymore. Because we all know an IPhone is better than an imagination.
     
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    Yeah, why even take pictures anymore? We can just imagine what will come out of the camera. :whistling:
     
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    When I went through the settings>accessibility>triple click home button I got "invert colors" rather than the white/black inversion. So my negs look like cyanotypes.
     
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    if you use a b&w camera app with "invert colours", that works nicely.

    Marc!