Jim Anderson sent along a trick that might of interest to some readers who have an iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch: while digging through some old boxes of family papers, Jim discovered a packet with several hundred film negatives. These were all black and white shots made back in the 1930s and 40s. He didn't have the pictures; only the negatives. He recognized some of the photos from prints that were in an old album but many others were of people and scenes that he could not easily identify because they were in a negative image.
Of course, it is always possible to have the negatives developed but that's expensive when there are hundreds of negatives involved and the suspicion is that not all of them are of value. He thought about scanning them with his flatbed scanner, but his scanner would only hold three of the the 3” X 5” negatives at a time. Scanning hundreds of them would be a tedious process. Jim found a faster and better solution: take a picture of the negatives with an iPhone, using a program to display negatives. Each negative requires only a few seconds to convert to a normal image. If desired, he can save a photo in another second or two.
Negative Camera Effect apparently was not designed for this purpose, although it works well. The program is advertised as displaying pictures and videos as negatives, providing "hours of fun and entertainment especially with friends and family." Of course, when you create a negative of a negative, the result is a positive.
Jim commented that he propped each negative up on his laptop computer, using its screen with a blank white background to serve as a backlight. Within an hour, he identified people in over 100 photos that had never made it as a print copy to the family album.
Negative Camera Effect is available in two versions: the "Lite Version" is free of charge at http://goo.gl/4ZNFn while the "Pro Version" sells for all of 99 cents at http://goo.gl/B7SJv. Surprisingly, those pages do not describe the differences between the two versions.
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