I have some old digital black and white photographs on my computer that I would like to turn into negatives. These are scans of old B&W photographs and I want to convert them to negatives for further photo printings. Is there a printer or scanner that can do this job? I'm not a photographer and almost have minimal experience in this field.
These are scans of old B&W photographs and I want to convert them to negatives for further photo printings.
You don't need negatives to print any more. The best resolution you can possibly get at this stage, without recourse to the original prints or negatives, is the files you already have.
Any print-shop can work from these. Take them to a local company & see what they think they can do.
I make contact prints of digital images on platinum or cyanotypes from inverted images printed on transparency paper. It's actually a lot of fun. You'll never get the resolution out of this method to get a usable 35mm or 120 neg, so if you're goal is similar to mine, expect to contact print.
Hi these are scans of B/W old photographs i want to convert them to negatives for further photo printings
Some detail and resolution is lost in every step. For example, the original negative was used to make the print. I guarantee you that the print has less dynamic range than the original negative. Scanning the print and then converting to another neg to then make another print is going to be an exercise in both futility and lost detail.
It's unnecessary to make negatives for making copies. Once you've scanned the original prints, simply clean up the image as you see fit and make a print directly to photo paper. If you want to print via a transparency, as I mention earlier, for use in cyanotypes or similar, you can. But for just making copies? Scan the print and go straight to print with it.
Andrew, there are places that will make a negative from your digital files. There are also many resources for learning to make your own.
Here is an example of a service. photofusion.org
Here are a few things to read that will provide info and may help to get you pointed in the right direction.
You can also do a web search for
"digital negative photography"
"create a negative from a digital file"
and find more info.