Scan Slides Easily With Simple Methods
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There were days when photo prints and slides were developed physically on a sheet of paper, and slides were light and transparent. It took days together to form a few photographs, and also there was a risk of loss if the image or negative was lost. But with the internet taking a dominant place in modern lives, every bit of our lives transformed. Scanning has made photography more accessible. Traditionally scanning photo slides and film negatives are the same.
Modern inventions have devices to make printing and image saving a lot easier. Digitalizing them with the help of scanners gives slides permanent life and to the user’s easy reference. There are many scanning devices, adaptors, and software to meet the requirements of users.
Irrespective of the type of scanner there are some essential criteria you should follow to scan slides.
Do the Cleaning
Even though you use scanner regularly, there will be some unseen dirt and dust on it which may have an impact on the resultant pictures.
Backlighting is Must
Backlighting gives an excellent appearance to the image. When light passes through them, they appear well, particularly on a pure white shining paper. For this, film papers work the best.
Create a Back Lighter Yourself
Creating a shimming white paper is very easy and a DIY concept. All that you need is a piece of glossy paper cut in the shape of a triangle. Then close the ends together.
Putting Things in Place
If you are using a flatbed scan, let the clean slide be on the top of it. You can place back lighter box on the top of it. You need to adjust scanning software to the maximum. Since the slides are minute in size, you should take care that you extract complete information. To make them complete length photos, they have to be bloated. Adjust DPI to the highest and raise the brightness. This will give a clearer picture.
Get Photo Edit Done
There are chances that your end image be slightly darker than what you expect. To rectify this, you can go to any photo editing tool like Photoshop and adjust the settings like color, brightness, etc.
Various Ways You Can Convert Slides Into Digitalized Copies
A digital single-lens reflex camera is the best option if you want to digitalize slides using a slide copier. You can easily connect to the front part of your camera, and it is easy to take a high-resolution picture of every slide. Choose RAW format over JPG for the best control in the final process.
There is a possibility that you get smaller images with a flatbed scanner. Also, you get only moderate quality images, the size of the slides being very small. But you can complete your job without the need for additional equipment.
Digital Image Converter
This is the best procedure if you want to get the best quality slides. These scanners are built with high-resolution cameras and save your time by finishing the process in very little time, unlike others. Some popular Digital image converters take just 5 seconds to convert each slide.
Slide projectors are another way of scanning your slides. By using a high-resolution camera and a glossy white backdrop, you can browse the pictures. Stand exactly opposite the projection and adjust your camera length.
With the help of a macro lens, capture a picture of the backside of your slide. Place the slide on a surface which passes light to the slide. For this, flatbed scanners or tabs can be used as they help in beaming light into your slides.
Apart from the above, you can also hire scanning professionals for a cost, of course. You will be relieved of the pain of setting up of different scanners and light adjustments. This is the best option if you want to give that pro look to your images. Whatever may be the source, you can always find a way to enjoy your cherished memories with modern technology.