Steps for Selective Negative Scanning
If you want to view your set of negatives and select a subset of them for scanning, here are the steps you should follow:
- Protect your negatives. Negatives should be protected so that they are not scratched. Make sure that all negatives are in some sort of see-thru plastic holder. In most cases for 35mm film that you have had developed and printed, the photo processor will have delivered your strips of negatives in a folded plastic protector. For loose negatives, you can either use plastic sandwich bags (or larger) for each negative.
- View your negatives as positives. Next, you need to view your negatives so that you can decide which ones you want to have scanned. The Viewing Negatives from a Smartphone page describes a very good way to use modern electronics to allow you to see your negatives as positives. You should view your negatives through the clear plastic holders to protect them.
- Select the negatives you wish to scan. If your negatives are separate (i.e., not in a strip), just include the plastic bag containing the negative in the collection you include in your order. If your negatives are in a strip, place a colored sticker over each negative you wish to scan. Do not use a marker because this runs the risk of damaging your negative. If you don't have colored paper stickers, just use a piece of adhesive tape over the frame in the strip.
- Deliver Order. Put your selected negatives in a container and bring them to Lexington Photo Scanning to be scanned.