Things You Will Need
A Digital Camera
Static Free Brush
A ComputerPhoto Manipulation Software
Step 1You will need a digital camera with a Macro/Magnifying Glass setting, with at least a 6 Megapixel resolution. Also, a light table is advised to illuminate and support the negative. Using a Static Free brush, available at most photo supply stores, carefully brush each side of the negative to remove dust particles. (See photo)
Step 2Place the negative on the light table, and, using a black framing card (available at most photo supply stores), place the framing card over the negative. The opening on the framing card is the same size as a 35mm negative. (See photo)
Step 3Now, using the Macro setting on the digital camera, carefully frame the image and photograph it. Make sure your camera is level with the negative. If the camera is tilted in relation to the negative, you will get parallax distortion. (See photo)
Step 4Continue this process for each of your negatives. Then transfer the images from your camera to your computer. The resulting images are negative and need to be converted to positive. Using photo manipulation software such as Photoshop, invert the image, which will create a positive from the negative. (See Photo)
Step 5Once you have positive images, you can color correct, crop, rotate, and adjust them as you wish. (See photo)
It's a good idea to label each photo for categorization and archiving and to save them as .jpg files. As .jpg files they will take up less memory to store, plus the .jpg standard will be with us for a long time. This means that in the future, you will most likely be able to view them even if digital technology advances.
Tips & WarningsSince you are preserving these images for the future, take care in properly focusing and adjusting them.
You can make your own framing card using stiff black paper and an Xacto knife.