Photomyne is happy to offer a smart scanner app for digitizing and saving your old camera film negatives - using nothing but your iPhone. FilmBox makes it easy to view, capture, and save analog film negatives.

How does it work?

With the help of a light source, FilmBox turns your iPhone's camera into a smart film reader. It then inverts the negative colors into positive and enhances the image, resulting in a bright and beautiful photograph waiting to be revealed. With a push of a button, you can then capture the image which is then saved as a digital photo in the app.

The app itself is rather simple to use, but we'd like you to consider the following tips to achieve the best possible scanning results.

Tip #1: Set up a backlight source

The app's scanner requires a backlight source that will light up the actual image in the film you're scanning. You can easily open a white screen on a tablet or computer, or use the link provided in the app. Make sure the device you open the backlight on is set to the highest brightness setting possible.

Tip #2: Grab & hold a negative strip

Once you have the backlight source set up, grab a film strip and hold it (steady) in front of the light. You might find it easier to use a clip, a pair of tweezers or a clothespin to hold it in place.

Important tip: Avoid holding the film strip too close to the screen of your light source. This is to avoid the appearance of a pixelated photo. A distance of about 3-5 centimeters should be fine.

Tip #3: Scan away using a button or your voice

This one's simple: just tap the capture button or say 'Go' when your're ready (assuming you turned on voice control) so the app could use your phone's camera to capture the image.

Tip #4: See the magic

This ones' especially fun - see how the app does it all on its own. It will detect the image in the negative film strip, rotate it, invert and enhance the colors, and then crop the image part from the slide's margins. Lastly, it will save the image as a digital photo in the app.

The first few film scans are free. If you wish to scan more, you're welcome to purchase an in-app subscription plan (optional) which usually comes with a free trial period.


Got any questions? Have any suggestions or comments about FilmBox? We'd love to hear it. Please email our support team.