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PictoScanner bringing to life the film photos forgotten

in The past century, the picture was silver. Analog devices, more or less bulky, were dispensing meters of film in 35mm which he had, with great reinforcement o

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PictoScanner bringing to life the film photos forgotten

in The past century, the picture was silver. Analog devices, more or less bulky, were dispensing meters of film in 35mm which he had, with great reinforcement of chemistry, turn into a photograph on paper. Remember labs improvised in a closet with a red light. Memories. Unless you go by labs professionals. The exorbitant cost of these manipulations was that you had to make a drastic selection of shots to put down on paper. Them, you have them categorized in an album that you see from time to time negative them, forgotten, waiting for their fate in a shoe box. The same punishment was reserved to the slides, abandoned by a projector that no longer works since a long time.

Only one solution: the scanning. Again, in view of the price that will display the professionals in the labs, it will be necessary to sort for not breaking the bank. There is a solution, however at lower costs: the use of the PicoScanner, a device developed by Simon Lautro, a Danish photographer.

The approach is interesting and reminds a bit of the Google Cardboard and its derivatives, these 3D glasses cardboard self-assembly, where it could introduce its smartphone to enjoy images in relief. The principle is repeated here to make a scanner films 35mm, and slides. The idea is beautiful and eco-friendly. The cardboard breathes the strength and it only takes two batteries to operate this lab, including the installation took 30 seconds.

Smartphone required

To scan documents, slides or film, however, we will have the use of a smartphone. It is he who will act as the scanner through the software for free (Android/iOS) PictoScanner. Suffice to say that the quality of the reproduction will depend greatly on the quality of the lens and the sensor of your device. The mounting cardboard, to him, would serve as a light table. The idea is cheap and can be used anywhere since no power outlet.

No need of mode of employment. It turns on a small light table in the cardboard, slip on the location its expected negative or slide, one positions his smartphone on the top, taking care to align the lens with the hole of the box. After the launch of the software, the photograph appears on the screen of the mobile. It will then be possible to crop and make various corrections to classical such as change the exposure, adjust the contrast, improve the sharpness, apply filters color, choose from twenty frames or embed the text.

of course, it is not necessary to expect miracles. The colorimetry is somewhat risky and the images will have a tendency to pull on the yellow or the green, or even blue. A lot of the details are erased and the contrast is to the addendum, it has the feeling of seeing the image as through a light curtain of smoke... It is far from the original.

But this of course, is not his vocation. This tool, which is simple to access and troubleshoot those that do not have large sums to invest in this kind of exercise, will deliver images all in all acceptable. To bring back to life, without pretensions, a picture left at the bottom of a drawer, the PictoScanner will be well worth it. As much as it will be easy to share in the moment of its scans on social networks, or send it by e-mail, but remain stored on the mobile. It remains only to rummage in the cellar of the grandparents to bring up memories that we thought was lost.

Price: 40 euros

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