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    reproducing photo without negative

    hi guys. i gave an a5 sized photo but no negative. is it possible to somehow scan it and get it reprinted?
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    Yep.
    For such services, I usually go to Atkins in Kent Town.

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    Or you could try photographing it yourself. I made a copy stand back in the late Sixties for that very purpose. I still have it and use it.

    Being a Pentax user, I copied theirs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p38arover View Post
    Or you could try photographing it yourself. I made a copy stand back in the late Sixties for that very purpose. I still have it and use it.

    Being a Pentax user, I copied theirs.

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    They use things called fladbed scanners nowdays, Ron.
    Much cheaper than the setup in your picture.

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    I have made some enlargements of prints of my Dad from the 60s. I just scanned the prints and reprinted them at home using some high quality photo paper. I used Lightroom too to tweak the image a little, remove some marks and scratches from the surface that came out in the scan. Came out pretty good in the end.

    I recommend Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl paper. It is great paper for ink jet printers. You will end up with prints that are much higher quality than the original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick_Marsh View Post
    They use things called fladbed scanners nowdays, Ron.
    Much cheaper than the setup in your picture.
    True but the copy stand is used for other photography these days. I have a right-angle view-finder which clips onto the eyepiece.
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    Even if Ive got the negative I just put the old photo on the windows sill and re photograph them with a digital camera , much less stuffing around and magnitudes faster than scanning and quality is just the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick_Marsh View Post
    They use things called fladbed scanners nowdays, Ron.
    Much cheaper than the setup in your picture.
    Quote Originally Posted by p38arover View Post
    Or you could try photographing it yourself. I made a copy stand back in the late Sixties for that very purpose. I still have it and use it.

    Being a Pentax user, I copied theirs.
    Long live the Pentax LX.

    I had wild speleo shots. Lots of light scatter off the mega faceted formations using remote triggered side flashes etc. Taken on ASA 32 slide film and printed. Sent some slides and their original prints to a commercial digital copier (quite some years ago) and the results looked flat compared to the originals, both in print and slide reproduction. Pixellating find grained silver imaging didn't cut it, at least back then. If there had been no sparkle in the originals then the reproductions would have seemed fine.

    If Eevo is not wanting technical excellence then modern commercial scanning or a good home scanner should be OK. And it sounds like it is just one photo. If Eevo ends up photographing it then use sunlight; or a daylight flouro (5000Kelvin?) available from the hardware shop, cheap, and which really brighten up a room when compared to warmer/colder temperature bulbs.

    Myself, I use a vacuum table and tripod mounted digital camera.

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