How to Copy Photo Negatives

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How to Copy Photo Negatives
Copy photo negatives with a digital camera. (digital camera 6 image by Harvey Hudson from

The photo negatives of an image contain all of the information needed to reprint the photograph. However, these negatives are not well protected (even if placed in a slide) and deteriorate quickly. Due to this it is a good idea to copy the photo negatives into a digital format. Although it is possible to purchase a slide scanner and import the content onto your computer, a slide scanner is rather expensive. A cheaper alternative is to copy a negative with your digital camera and a slide holder.

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Things you need

  • Digital camera
  • Slide holder

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  1. 1

    Place the digital camera on a flat surface near an open window. You need a natural light source to properly illuminate the photo negative.

  2. 2

    Insert the photo negative into a slide case. This requires you to cut the negative where the different images connect to one another. Open the slide case, place the negative into the opening of the slide and push the slide case shut.

  3. 3

    Align the slide holder in front of the digital camera. This device has an adjustable handle and attaches to the lens of the digital camera.

  4. 4

    Slide the photo negative into the open slide holder. Power on the digital camera and press the "Capture" button. The digital camera will save the image of the photo negative onto the memory of the camera. If you want to upload the image onto your computer, connect the camera to the computer, power the device on, click "Start," (My) "Computer," double-click the removable device icon and click-and-drag the image from the open window onto the computer.

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