If you haven't heard of Negative Lab Pro (NLP) yet, you're certainly in for a treat.
It's a Lightroom (LR) plug-in – made by a guy named Nathan Johnson – that converts your negatives in to positives, it's as simple as that.
But the way it converts your negatives is nothing less than amazing.
It works for both scanners and cameras, so it doesn't matter how you digitize your negatives, you're still getting a great result.
The prize of the plug-in is $99 and then you can use it on 2 machines, I personally bought a license for my laptop and for my desktop computer, because I think Nathan is doing such a fantastic job and wanted to support him with a little extra cash.
Anyway, you can download the plug-in and test it for free on up to 12 negatives, to see if you like it, which I'm pretty sure, you're going to.
I have no idea on how this plug-in does its magic, but the conversion takes a bit of time, especially if you are converting a full 35mm film roll, like I mainly do, but its worth the wait.
It can also convert black and white negatives, here it also gives you a perfect result.
I only have one issue with NLP, and that is that I'm missing a next and previous button on the settings panel that pops up when you're using NLP.
If you want to correct more than one photo using the NLP panel, then when you're done correcting one photo, you need to close down NLP, choose the next photo you want to edit, and then re-open NLP and do your corrections. That would be a lot easier if you could just go to the next – or previous – photo with the click of a button.
I have seen other people mention it in the forum, so hopefully it's on its way. Fingers crossed.
I don't have that much more to tell you about this plug-in, other than give it a go, I did and haven't looked back since.
As a last thing I want to mention the support/Forum, it is superb, the community around NLP is very good and Nathan is fast and very good to reply on your questions, if the community hasn't already done it for him.
You can find and download the plug-in right here.
The best way to convert your analog negatives.
- The conversions.
- The support.
- The community.
- Nathan Johnson
- Only works with Lightroom.
- Missing a previous/next button.
Well enough info, here are some photos I scanned and then converted with Negative Lab Pro.
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