Scanning your old prints, negatives and transparencies

Course Dates: 01/04/19 - 08/04/19
Time: 17:30 - 21:30
Location: PS - Photography Studio
Tutor: Dominic Harris

Got boxes of old prints gathering dust that you'd love to have digitised? Learn how to get your archive of old prints, negatives or transparencies 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 previous students have loved about the course:
“Relaxed and enjoyable calm atmosphere and kind supportive Dominic!.“
“I have learned to scan negatives, slides, photos and how to use the healing brush on Lightroom.“
“Well explained introductions to each step. Good structure and time to practise.“


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 digital SLR 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 SLR camera.
- know which method of scanning is the best one for the job
- scan to the optimum size.

What students have achieved on the course:
“Mission accomplished. I learnt all I needed to do what I want to do and deepened my understanding of the digital aspects of photography.!”
“I have a much better idea of how to sort out and archive all my favourite print and negatives. Very pleased.”
I have achieved what I needed to achieve to scan my prints, negatives and slides and in fact much more than I anticipated. I have also learnt how to scan my pictures this winter.”


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

This is not a beginner course so you will need some basic knowledge of photography and Photoshop.

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.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Customer Reviews 3 item(s)

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I found the balance of practical and theory good. Basics were covered well.
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Review by J / (Posted on 15/06/2015)
A great course which gives you all the tools for scanning all your old prints, negs, trannies etc. Gives information for the complete novice and those in the know.
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Review by Sid / (Posted on 02/06/2015)
This is an excellent course for the novice. Best make sure you assemble sufficient of your own negatives, transparencies and prints to take full advantage of the facilities on offer.
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Review by Joe Clarke / (Posted on 01/06/2015)

Book your place

Course Code: VY852

Mon, day, 01 Apr - 08 Apr '19

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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