Introduction: Making Digital Contact Sheets

These instructions will walk you through how to make a digital contact sheet using your black and white negatives in both the Lightroom app on your phone and Lightroom Classic on the desktop.

Step 1: Take a Photo of Your Negatives

Using your phone and the vertical light board, take a GOOD photo of your negatives making sure you don't have much or any glare from the room lights.

Then you can either take the photo into the Lightroom app on your phone (skip to step 6) or put the photo on your Google Drive and edit it in Lightroom on one of the classroom Macs.

Step 2: Desktop Lightroom: Taking the Photo to Lightroom

  • (Skip to Step 7 for directions on how to do this using your LR phone app)
  • Upload your photo from your phone to Google Drive.
  • On the Mac, download the photo from Google Drive to the desktop.
  • Import the image into Lightroom Classic and open the Develop Module.
  • Crop the image to remove the extra space, if needed, so we only see the rows of negatives. Click Done.
  • Next, follow the directions in the video linked above or the following steps.

Step 3: Desktop Lightroom: Tone Curve

  • Find the Tone Curve panel on the right under Basic.
  • Click on the gray circle at the top of the panel to select RGB mode.

Step 4: Desktop Lightroom: Flip the Line!

  • Hover over the bottom left corner of the line in the curve box until the cursor changes to the up and down arrow.
  • Drag the line from the bottom left to the top left. This will make the image completely white.
  • Drag the top right end of the line down to the bottom right. Ta-da!

Step 5: Desktop Lightroom: Final Adjustments

  • Go up to the Basic panel and slide the adjustments until you have a good balance of lights and darks.
  • You can see in my image that I adjusted the Exposure, Contrast, Whites and Black, but you might need to make slightly other adjustments to yours.
  • Also take the Saturation all the way down to the left so it doesn't look yellow.
  • When complete, switch back to the Library module and Export the image using the instructions given in class.

Step 6: Print It!

Select "Print" from the options at the top of the Lightroom Classic window. Select "Printer" in the bottom right corner and select the "HS-C107-Color" printer and click on Print.

Step 7: Phone App: Using the Lightroom App

  • Install the Lightroom app on your phone and sign in with your school email address. Make sure you choose Enterprise ID.
  • Click on the photo button at the bottom right corner to access your camera roll or take the photo using the app.
  • Touch on the Light module at the bottom and touch on the Curve option. Make sure RGB is selected by touching on the circle on the bottom left that is red, green and blue.

Step 8: Phone App: Flip the Line!

  • Touch on the white dot at the bottom left corner of the image and drag it to the top left.
  • Drag the white dot that is in the top right down to the bottom right.
  • Touch on Done after flipping the line and continue to the next step to make additional adjustments.

Step 9: Phone App: Adjustments

  • There are 3 additional adjustment you can make.
    • Cropping: crop the image so we only see your film strips and straighten if necessary.
    • Color: take the saturation slider all the way to the left to remove the yellow cast.
    • Light: adjust the Contrast and Exposure sliders as needed to improve the contact sheet.

Step 10: Phone App: Export It and Print It!

Touch on the share icon at the top of the screen. You can Export the image as a JPG and save it or send it to your Google Drive. From there, you can open it on your Chromebook or the desktop computer and send it to the printer.