Author: Sheel Kapur

Blueprint for a UV Exposure Box
May 22, 2020

In my journey through learning alternative photography techniques, I ended up having to create a UV exposure box. My knowledge of circuitry was very limited and effectively non-existant for lighting components. I spent countless hours trying to figure out how to build this thing, and even blew a few ballasts in the process. I'm documenting my build here to help you through your own DIY project. This won't the prettiest or professional DIY build,...

Should You Invest in Wet Scanning, or is Dry Scanning 'Good Enough'?
November 10, 2017

In the film photography workflow, scanning is my least favorite step. However, for those without a dark room and printing equipment it's the only option for editing and sharing their work. And when you need to squeeze out every last detail, tonality, and sharpness from the negative, wet mounting can get you through that last mile. However for many situations, wet mounting is probably not worth the time and extra investment. This article highlights...

Linear RAW Scans with Epson v800 and VueScan
February 6, 2017

VueScan (VS) is popular scanning software solution offered by Hamrick Software. It has many functions and features, with a relatively simple user interface. I can't say it's the most user friendly, but it gets the job done. In general, I only use VS for its RAW, linear capture, so that I get complete control of the image without auto-editing from the scanner and software. In this post, I'll walk you through the process of obtaining a linear scan...

Deciding on a Film Scanner
February 5, 2017

Scanning is a great way to digitize your film, offering flexibility of a hybrid film and digital workflow. As with any part of the film photography process, digitizing is a time consuming process, but is very rewarding once you've got the tools that fit your needs. There are a number of film scanning solutions on the market, falling into three major categories, bespoke Film Scanners, Flatbed Scanners, and Drum Scanners. Film Scanners These scanners...