Recommended reading

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2018 is settling into its groove. This blog has been in its groove for years. If you’ve read it for a while, you know: if I’m sharing the best stuff I read around the blogosphere all week, it must be Saturday.

Kate Wagner tells the history of the noise all around you. Because before civilization, before industrialization, the world was pretty quiet. Read Looking Around – On Sound (Part 1): Noise

Here’s a good tutorial about how to scan film negatives with a DSLR, from dspaedtRead How to Scan Film Negatives using a DSLR

This week’s camera reviews and experience reports:


6 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    The film scanning post looks interesting. I picked up a set of extension tubes to try this last year, and had pretty good success with some old 126 negatives. If I decide to do more, will probably put together a setup similar to his to hold everything in alignment.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I have a flatbed scanner and it works all right. It’s just slow. I wonder if the SLR method is faster.

  2. Heide Avatar

    Kate Wagner’s piece is fascinating — she has me thinking about noise in a whole new way. And the tutorial on scanning negatives with a digital SLR? GENIUS. Thank you for two fantastic (useful, informative) reads, Jim.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You are, as always, welcome!

  3. Film Beginnings Avatar


    Thanks for the mention. I appreciate it. I cut my negatives (35mm) in 5 frames per strip. Once I’m in the grove I can load, prep & “scan” each strip in about 3 minutes. The largest amount of time I spend is cropping each image in Lightroom. If I develop 2 36 exposures rolls it can be a drag to move through each scanned negative and crop it.


    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      3 minutes is awesome! I can’t do a strip that fast on my flatbed.

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