How to copy glass plates, negatives and transparencies using digital tools
By Kathy Falls, PPA Certified, M.Artist, MEI.Cr.; Photography ©Dan Falls
With the new digital tools available, it is now possible to copy old glass plates, negatives and transparencies with great results. There are a few principles in the process that you must follow.
But with a little practice you can be well on the way to saving those old negatives!
The materials to use: Adobe Photoshop CS or CS2, a digital camera that can shoots in RAW format, a Logan A-6A Slim Edge Light Box (www.loganelectri.com) that is balanced at 5400K, an ExpoDisc (www.expodisc.com) for creating a custom white balance, white gloves.
To begin with, I used the Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro camera with a macro lens. I chose the Logan A-6A Slim Edge Light Box. model because it is color balanced at 5400K and closely matches the balance of film (5500K). I purchased my light panel from B&H Photo Video (www.bhphotovideo.com 1-800-947-9950), but Logan light boxes are available at many art supply and photographic stores. I really like this panel because of its even light, and the 5x7-inch size is easy to handle.