Scan a photo negative using phone and scanner

Did you know it’s possible to scan photo negative using a phone and scanner?

The phone/tablet provides the necessary back-lighting, with a flat-bed scanner.

Scan a photo negative


All you need is is turn a large portion of the screen entirely white with a flash light app. Simply place the device facedown over the film on the scanner, and scan it as normal

If you’re scanning B&W negative film, you’ll need to scan in ‘Gray Scale’ then invert the image with photo editing software once it has been scanned.

scan a negative film

Free photo editing software: Gimp

Android devices you can use Screen Light app

Apple devices you can use Flashlight app

Madame Tussaud’s Fire in 1925

An unsettling and captivating photograph of wax figures burnt and melted after the massive 1925 fire that destroyed Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in London.

Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum Fire

An eye-witness who lived opposite Madame Tussaud’s said in an interview that the fire was a wonderful spectacle. Strong red and golden flames leapt 50 feet from the roof of the building. The wax models could be distinctly heard sizzling.

Why did people not smile in old photographs?


Did you ever notice in older photos that nobody smiles?Charles_Darwin

It wasn’t because they were unhappy or grumpy, it was the process of having your photograph taken that dictated that it was not best to smile.

Older cameras required manual exposures and lots of light because there was no flash and exposures of photographs would take several minutes to hours.

Therefore the subject of the photo would have to hold the pose perfectly still for an uncomfortable amount of time, sometimes for up to 30 minutes.

Mark Twain once wrote, “A photograph is a most important document, and there is nothing more damning to go down to posterity than a silly, foolish smile caught and fixed forever.”


Changing your Photo Scanner Settings

Modifying scanner settings is an easy enough task. As there are lots of types of scanners and various ways of accessing the settings so I will stick to the most generic approach.

Mind you…. you could always use a search engine to find the exact scanner settings tutorial or manual. Just type in your “make and model” and keywords “change scanner settings”


The approach below is for Windows PCs:


  1. Choose Start→Control Panel. Type scanners in the Control Panel search field and press Enter.

The Control Panel window appears.

  1. Click View Scanners and Cameras.

You see a list of installed scanners in the Scanners and Cameras ..etc

scanner dialog box

  1. Click on your scanner in the Scanners and Cameras area and then click the Scan Profiles button.

The Profiles dialog box appears.

  1. Click Edit.

The Edit Default Profile dialog box appears.

scanner settings

  1. Review the settings.

These settings may include (depending on your scanner model) colour management for fine-tuning the way colours are scanned and resolution settings that control how detailed a scan is performed. (The higher the resolution, the crisper and cleaner your photo will be, but the more time it may take to scan.)

  1. Click Save Profile to return to the Properties dialog box and then click the Close button twice.

The Profiles & Scanners and Cameras windows will close.

  1. When you’re ready to run a scan, place the item to be scanned in your scanner.

Depending on your model, the item may be placed on a flat “bed” with a hinged cover or fed through a tray. Check your scanner’s manual for the specific procedure to initiate a scan (for example, pressing a Scan or Start button). After you begin the scan, your computer automatically detects it and displays a dialog box showing you the scan progress and allowing you to view and save the scanned item.


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