Photography workshop: scanning prints, negatives and transparencies

Course Dates: 30/03/20 - 06/04/20
Time: 17:15 - 21:15
Location: PS - Photography Studio

Do you have boxes of old prints, negatives or transparencies gathering dust that you'd love to have digitised? Learn how to get your archive onto your computer using different methods from flatbed and film scanners to a digital camera.


What is the course about?

Many people have boxes of prints, negatives and transparencies from years gone by and don’t know what to do with them in this digital age. This course teaches you a number of methods to digitise your images so that you can use them on the computer, archive or print them. Learn the pros and cons of different methods and how to scan for best-quality results.

What will we cover?

- Using a flat-bed scanner to digitise prints, negatives and transparencies of sizes up to A4
- Using a film scanner to digitise negatives and transparencies in 35mm or 120 film size
- Using a DSLR camera to digitize 35mm negatives and transparencies or prints of any size
- Scanning to the optimum size
- What to do if you need higher quality scans.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- digitise your archive of old prints, negatives and transparencies using different methods including using flat-bed scanners, a film scanner or using an DSLR camera.
- know which method of scanning is the best one for the job
- scan to the optimum size.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You should be able to use a computer and have some basic knowledge of photography for this course.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts. Please note we'll be working on Apple Mac computers.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a selection of old prints, negatives and transparencies to the first session which we will use to scan. To take your scans home it would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC-formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Mac computers, but not written to.) CDs/DVDs are available.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit has a vast range of practical and theoretical photography courses, from darkroom development to fashion photography.
You can download a PDF of all the photography courses on offer at:, search the website or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page.

Tutor Biographies
Dominic Harris Tutor Website

Dominic Harris's studio is based in South East London. In 2004 he won the British Journal of Photography portfolio award and more recently in 2011 won the London Photography Association bronze prize for portraiture in the show 'Let's Face It' and the SPS Prize award for most innovative print at the Royal Western Academy 'Open Photography' show. He has exhibited widely with work in private collections in Europe and America, and a body of work in the National Media Museum collection. He was a trustee of Tate Members from 2007-2016 and Head of Photography and Digital Arts at City Lit from 2010-17, where he has taught since 2001.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VY852

Mon, day, 30 Mar - 06 Apr '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £60.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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