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How to copy glass plates, negatives and transparencies using digital tools

200507bc_copywmdig By Kathy Falls, PPA Certified, M.Artist, MEI.Cr.; Photography ┬ęDan 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 ( that is balanced at 5400K, an ExpoDisc ( 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 ( 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.

Read the full tutorial.