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On Nov 18 2014, How To

How to Determine the Emulsion Side of your Negatives?

This post is to share with you about determining the emulsion side of your negatives. The emulsion side consists of a silver halide colloidal particles dispersed in a gelatin matrix.

The reason why you want to determine the emulsion side is so that you can scan your negatives from the correct side. There are several clues to help you determine the emulsion side of a slide. The emulsion side somewhat dull and is concave or curved downward.

The non-emulsion side of the slide is the side that you want to scan. It has the correct orientation of the image on it. It is very shiny and smooth. The shiny side will have the name of the film printed correctly on the edge of the film. The non-emulsion side is convex meaning that it curves upward.

All the different sizes of negatives work the same way (110, 35mm, 126 Instamatic,APS, and oversized). If you’d rather not have to bother with figuring out the emulsion side of your negatives you can bring or send them in to Leave A Legacy where we’ve scanned thousands of negatives and we will figure it out for each one for you, scan them and give you a digital copy. We hope that this explanation has helped you figure out the emulsion side of your slides.

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