Scanning photography negatives, transparencies and prints

Course Dates: 22/02/22 - 01/03/22
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
This technical workshop in photography, will provide you with the skills and equipment required to digitise old prints, negatives or transparencies that you may have. Learn how to get your physical photographic archives onto your computer using different methods from flatbed and film scanners to a digital camera.
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Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00

Course Code: VY852

Tue, day, 22 Feb - 01 Mar '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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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 how to scan for best-quality results so that you can use them on the computer, archive or print them.

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
- 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 a flat-bed scanner
- 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.).

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.

Dominic Harris

Dominic Harris's studio is based in South East London. In 2004 he won the British Journal of Photography portfolio award and 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 and has work in collections in Europe and America as well as a body of work in the National Media Museum collection. He has been teaching photography at City Lit for 20 years, and has previously been Head of Department for Photography and Digital Arts, and Head of School for Visual Arts at City Lit. He was also a trustee of Tate Members from 2007-2016.

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.