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Film photography is still in vogue, however save money on developing and scan negatives with this automated film scanner project

Automate 35mm film scanning with Arduino and Python

from arduino.cc

While taking photos today is normally a digital affair, there is a wealth of visual information stored on film negatives. Digitization is possible, but it tends to be rather time-intensive, so photographer/hacker Seckin Sinan Isik decided to automate the process.

His setup uses a film carrier augmented with a stepper motor and belt drive to advance the 35mm film under a tripod-mounted digital camera. This is controlled by an Arduino Nano, with the camera’s view shown via a video capture device on a nearby computer.

In one mode, the user can adjust the film position semi-manually using pushbuttons, then scan the negative. The whole process can also be automated, with a Python computer vision routine.

More details on the project can ben found in Isik’s PetaPixel article here.

If you're interested in making your own version, PMD Way has you covered with a huge range of parts including Arduino Nano compatible boardsjumper wires and more.

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