Frequently asked questions and tips on using your pixl-latr film holder and digitising film, negatives and slides
How do I use pixl-latr?
pixl-latr isn't holding my film perfectly flat, what can I do?
The job of the frame and gates is to hold you film flt to the diffuser, but if you have a particularly curlly negative, it can fall foul of a small gap between the gates and the diffuser. If this happens, you can apply light pressure to the gates to further trap flatten the negative.
Which way does the diffuser fit into the frame?
The diffuser is not intentionally sided, both sides have the same finish. But, due to the manufacturing process it does fit in one way better than the other. If you find the diffuser to be too tight, try slotting it in the other way up.
I've broken/damaged a part, can I buy another without having to buy a whole new pixl-latr?
Yes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT'S THE MOST BASIC SETUP I COULD USE to DIGITIZE NEGATIVES WITH?
You are able to scan great results using pixl-latr, a light source (such as a tablet or laptop screen with a pure white screen) and a mobile phone camera. Of course, there are more ways but this is the most economical and it still works well!
DO I NEED TO BUY A DSLR TO DIGITIZE NEGATIVES?
As previously mentioned, a mobile phone camera can be used with good results, whilst not necessary it can improve the resolution and quality of your scans by having a greater degree of control over the scans you make. Accurate focusing for example will be a lot easier to achieve with a DSLR.
DOES THE "SCANNED" NEGATIVE NEED FURTHER PROCESSING TO PROVIDE THE SAME RESULT AS A FILM SCANNER/PAPER PRINT?
Yes, You’ll first need to invert the negative then adjust the white balance (using part of the blank film to capture a neutral) & tone to achieve your desired look. This processed can be expedited by using a plugin like NLP/G2P
IS IT ESSENTIAL TO USE ANY OF THE POST PRODUCTION PLUGINS LIKE NLP/G2P?
Not necessarily, you can invert a negative in your program of choice and make your own corrections, the plugins just make it a whole lot easier.
DO YOU HAVE A GUIDE TO DIGITIZING FOR THE FIRST TIME?
There is a wealth of how to’s on the web & Youtube to get you up and running but This video by Nate photographic is a concise guide to it.
CAN I SCAN THE SPROCKET HOLES/ REBATE EDGE OF 35MM NEGATIVES?
Yes, although you may not achieve perfect film flatness it’s possible to scan the entire negative area by removing the 35T top gate,
Peggy Marsh has written a small tips and tricks article on that here
CAN I ACHIEVE A LOOK TRUE TO THE FILM STOCK IM SCANNING?
This is a very subjective question but plugins like NLP can emulate popular film stocks and have presets within.