Using Scanning Masks
When you get your scanner, it will probably come with a scanning mask. These scanning masks are usually great for scanning standard photos but they leave little room for experimentation with your scanning.
That’s why Lomography introduced the DigitaLIZA, a scanning mask that works with all backlit flatbed scanners and holds your negatives perfectly in place whilst you scan – The best thing about the DigitaLIZA is that it allows you to scan special photographic formats such as sprocket hole photos, overlapping exposures and long panoramas.
The DigitaLIZA is a great investment if you’ve got a Spinner 360°, Sprocket Rocket, Horizon or any other Lomography camera! There are also versions available for both 120 and 110 film!
More about the Digitaliza.
Scanning Sprocket Holes
At Lomography, we love photos in which the sprocket holes are exposed. If you want to scan sprocket holes, there are various different scanning programs you can use. The Epson scan software which comes with Epson scanners works fine for scanning sprocket-hole photos. Unfortunately, CanoScan software (which comes with Canon scanners) can’t scan sprocket holes because it’s specially calibrated to work with Canon scanning masks. However, with a Canon scanner you can still easily scan sprocket holes with software such as Vuescan and Silverfast.
How to scan sprockets with different scanners
Scanning sprocket holes using Epson scanners
Scanning Tip For Spinner 360 Photos by russheath
A Video Tipster: Scanning Sprocket Holes by simonh82
Scanning With Your Smartphone
If you have some 35mm negatives or positives you want to scan and you own a smartphone, then the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner is for you.
The Smartphone Film Scanner offers Lomographers and analogue lovers a quick, easy and portable way to scan 35mm films. Simply turn on the Smartphone Film Scanner back-light, insert your film, take a photo of it using your Smartphone and use your phone’s camera or the specially-developed App (iPhone and Android versions available) to edit and share.
In an instant, you’ll end up with a digital version of your film which can be archived, emailed, posted on social media sites or printed. It also offers unrivaled speed and convenience when compared to other film scanners.
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Scanning X-Pro Photos
Like anything else in the world, it takes a little practice to achieve the results you want when scanning your own photos. This is especially true for x-pro (also known as cross-processed) photos in which you want your scans to really show off all the wild colors on your film. The best thing to do is experiment with your scan settings until you get results you are happy with – Just see what works best for you!
Experiments in cross processing – Scanning Tutorial by paramir
A little bit of tweaking by stouf
If you can’t afford a proper scanner yet, there are still a few ways to get digital versions of your photos – Read these articles from the Lomography Magazine to find out more!
Ghetto scanning with the DigitaLIZA and a digital camera by lomoluxlux
Scan It Yourself Tips: Scanning With An Ordinary Scanner And Tablet by lomofrue