3. Scan

Asking your lab to scan the negatives for you is fine but it can also be expensive plus you have less control over your image. We therefore suggest you scan your Lomography Spinner 360° film yourself using a flatbed scanner with a backlight unit; it’s more economical in the long run and gives you ultimate control over the colours, tones, saturation and resolution of your images. Today you can get a high quality scanner for a reasonable price. It’s definitely a worthwhile investment for any serious Lomographer.

When scanning your negatives you should take care to scan the whole film including the sprocket holes. The Lomography Spinner 360° exposes the sprocket holes of your film, which gives your images a unique look. A lot of film masks (probably even those that professional labs use) automatically cover the sprocket holes of 35mm films – don’t let these evil masks take away the sprocket hole beauty of your film! If you do the math you realise that exposing the sprocket holes, like the Lomography Spinner 360° does, allows you to get nearly 40% more out of each image. You won’t give up on that, will you? Plus the sprocket holes simply look sexy and are unique to 35mm analogue photography.

The sprocket holes of a 35mm film. These should not be covered when scanning your images.

Tips for scanning:

  • We suggest you scan your images at a resolution of 1200 dpi. This results in an image of approx. 1600 x 11000px and is big enough for proper printouts later on. You can also easily compress this image for uploading and sending via email.
  • If you plan to print your images in a really big format you should go for scanning at a resolution of 3200 dpi or higher. By doing that you truly get the most out of your 35mm film and can print your images at sizes of 1 metre or longer!
  • Some scanners are not used to seeing sprocket holes, which results in your images appearing in distorted colours. To fix this problem check out the “advanced options” setting in your software and change from “automatic” to “manual” mode.
  • Check if the usual scanning mask hides or covers specific parts of the scanning area within the scanner. Some scanners have their idiosyncrasies and have certain areas where a negative shouldn’t be placed while scanning. Know your scanner and you’ll be satisfied with your results.
  • Read your scanner’s manual + software carefully. There are a lot of tips and tricks to know and the more you know, the better you’ll be at scanning.

Learn more about the basics of and discover cool scanning tips with our ultimate guide to scanning.