Film scanning... on your phone!
It's no secret that phones are getting smarter and this latest feature will get the film users among us intrigued. Lomography have created a film scanner for your phone! Check out the video below.
The Smartphone Film Scanner is small and can easily be transported. Whilst back-lit photo scanners also exist for scanning negatives, these scanners are large and cumbersome. The Smartphone Film Scanner is small enough to fit in your bag or rucksack, allowing you to scan films away from home. It’s 100% mobile and easy to use.
I own a flatbed scanner with a attachment for negatives but the problems I have with this is that the scanner automatically divides each frame. I like to experiment with how I wind my film between photos. Winding halfway gives merges 2 photos into a much longer photo. It can create really interesting effects. The app that comes with the scanner lets you scan the film then split the frames how ever you want. You can even turn your photos into an animation. This is great if you are using a film video camera. Quite a rarity these days but Lomography sell a retro 35mm video camera called the Lomokino. The results are pretty fun! Check out the film below:
Below is a photo scanned with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner and I must admit, it's much better quality than I had imagined it would be! Although I'm sure the scanning quality is only as good as your phone's camera. The camera on my phone is much lower quality than the latest iPhones, so I'm sure my photos would be lower in quality. I do however think this is a great piece of kit to help make film photography more accessible to the public.
The Lomography Smartphone Scanner is not available yet, but they are raising the funds via the project funding website Kickstarter. Check out the full project and donate here. The more you donate, the greater your reward!
This is not just a product for film users but also for people with old family photos that they want digitised.