Sending off old negatives can be time-consuming and even a little costly. Here is how you can develop film using just your camera, tripod, and a light source.
With the passing of my grandfather last year, I have been helping clear his house. The volume of memories he has kept is staggering and while many are letters and documents, there are also a wealth of photographs and negatives. As if photographer and YouTuber Mark Hotlze's intention, a video tutorial on how to digitize and develop negatives and slides using your digital camera was uploaded by him.
The technique is more straightforward than I had expected, with the bulk of the workload being in the post-processing which I have no issues with. All you do is use a macro lens at 1:1 and put the film on a light source. I have many LED continuous lights I use so I can just place a piece of film on one and away I go. The results are impressive and I will be spending some of my time in isolation doing just this!