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DSLR scan video is here!

UPDATE (1-11-19): COLOR NEGATIVE EDITING video is finally up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ffznu3gHXc

UPDATE (7-9-18): Check out my vlog, which will feature a long-awaited update and addition to this video!. www.youtube.com/c/jamiemaldonado

It's unscripted on my behalf, and I really should attach this to an exhaustive post, but this is so long overdue I just want to get it out there for everyone who has been so patient. I hope it answers any questions! I'll be adding lots of notes to the video as I go, so keep checking and feel free to make suggestions and ask questions. 

BIG thanks to Ariel Rawlings for helping get the video finished and out there at last. 

Happy viewing, I hope!

P.S. Please note that I added a note to use a self timer if you forget your release cable like I did. Also, the longer your self timer is set for, the less vibration will show up. Mirror vibration at 1/15 or 1/20 of  second shouldn't be too terrible as far as I can tell. Of course, the best solution is to not forget your release cable ... 

Digital editing of black and white film negatives

July 24, 2018, update: The account I used to upload this video has been hijacked and I no longer have control over it. YouTube graciously helped me take it down, and you can see it at my vlog: http://www.youtube.com/c/jamiemaldonado ... I will now present the video in its original location ... slightly below this.

UPDATE: Check here for my new scanning video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68f43NSZCh4

In my previous post, I discussed how to use a macro lens, light table and a copy stand to "scan" film with a DSLR. I made a quick video to explain some basics about how to edit the image when you get it to your computer. This video is a first take, so please excuse my "uhs," random errors (I correct most or all as I go) and any accidental omissions. Feel free to ask any questions you might have, or to ask me to fill in any gaps I possibly left. I posted my final edit below the video. Enjoy!

Jade on black and white film that was "scanned" by a DSLR and edited digitally. 

Jade on black and white film that was "scanned" by a DSLR and edited digitally. 

Where is the time?

Meredith, in Austin, Texas.

Meredith, in Austin, Texas.

Where does the time go? I've been busy as all get out. I really should be blogging about it all here, especially so you know I'm actively working all the time as a photographer. It's easy to dismiss sharing, which is actually true for a lot of life. 

It's so easy to get caught up in life and forget to let anyone in on it.

How do you know I've shot thousands of frames of family portraits, news, conceptual fashion, still life or phone photography this summer if I don't tell you? How does your best friend in another city know? How does your mom know what you're up to, or your spouse? When was the last time you talked to that good friend or even your sibling living in another state?

Take a minute and share. I'm kind of doing that here, by blogging and by posting some photos. Let's work on this sharing thing, and let's not get too caught up in all life throws at us.

I really could quote the great Ferris Bueller (and I will) ...

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

New portfolio added!

Those who know me in person have probably witnessed my sometimes obsessive iPhone photo snapping at some point. In fact, if you've been somewhere with me at sunset or sunrise, it's almost guaranteed you have. I'm an avid Instagram user (there's a link on the bottom of the website navigation to your left!) and first fell in love with the quirks of camera phones when I decided to give Hipstamatic a try. Despite some misgivings – and my expensive digital SLR/random awesome film SLRs – I found the lure of immediacy and low-investment creativity irresistible. I found myself unexpectedly pushed  outside of my normal photographic confines, looking much more often at nature and still life, and enjoyed the results beyond any expectations. So let me say it loud:

The iPhone and apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic made me a better photographer. 

Eat it! Better  yet, let go of pretensions and take the same step I did. Make the most of what you have and enjoy it. 

And oh yeah, check out my new gallery here or by clicking the link on your left!