How To Make a Home Brew Smartphone Film Scanner
If you have been shooting for more than a few years there is a good chance that you have a few archiving albums (you’re neat) or shoe boxes (you’re human) filled with old films.
You would need a project box, a few LEDs (the project uses singles, but you can use strips like we did with our light table) and some acrylic “glass”.
The acrylic provides some diffusion and backlight coming from the LEDs. The film gets back lit, while the project box provides some height for the phone camera to be able to focus.
If you are scanning slides, just click away, but if you are scanning negatives, remember to switch your phone’s camera to inverse exposure.
You can watch the entire process in the video below or head over to the Instructables page for the full build. (I am also including a vidoe of the Lomography scanner to get a good grasp on using the device).
Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.