Convert Slides to Digital Images - If you are like most people you have a big box of old photos and slides that is just sitting there doing nothing. What do you do with them? Many are faded and cracked - but you just can't throw them away, they are a part of your life and your heritage. But you can save them! You can convert slides to digital images and preserve and repair the photos of your youth and your ancestors.
How to Convert Slides to Digital Images
There are many options when you want to convert slides to digital images. You can do it yourself or you can hire a photo scanning service to do it for you. A scanning service is a good idea if you are short on time, have an overwhelming amount of slides and photos to scan, and you don't mind paying someone else to do it for you. Most scanning services are professional and will do an excellent job. However, most charge by the size of the job so if you have a lot of scanning to be done be prepared for the final bill!
If you choose to convert slides to digital images on your own, you will need to get a quality 35mm slide converter. There are many different types of slide and photo scanners on the market. Some are made to scan only slides and negatives while others will allow you to scan photos as well. If your stack consists of mostly slides, I would recommend getting a dedicated slide scanner to convert slides to digital images. This type of scanner is made specifically for slide scanning so they will allow you to get a quality scan.
This type of scanner comes as both stand alone slide scanners and or ones that connect to your computer using a USB cable. The type you choose is personal preference depending on if you want to use the small viewer on the scanner to see the slide or the screen on your computer. Most scanners will come with enhancement software that will allow you to edit and repair old slides. On some scanners this feature is built in and others will have a separate program you will need to install. For more information on scanning slides, read this post about slide scanning basics.
If you need to scan a little bit of everything: slides, negatives, photos, and even documents, you will want a flatbed scanner that has an adapter for slides and negatives. This type of scanner is getting more popular so many companies are including this feature on their flatbed scanners. With the adapter, you will be able to scan negative strips as well as 35mm slides directly to your computer. After you covert slides to digital images you can edit them in a photo editing program so they look brand new.
There are a few flatbed scanners that have been manufactured specifically for scanning and restoring old slides, negatives and photos. The Epson Perfection V500 is one such scanner. This scanner uses digital ICE technology to help you repair and restore cracked, scratched, and faded negatives, slides and photos so they look fresh and new again. Another great slide scanner is the Canoscan 8800f. This scanner has built in photo correction options that help you restore your photos to their original luster. It also has the capability to scan up to 12 frames of film negatives or 4 frames of 35mm slides.
The slide scanners on the market that are made specifically to convert slides to digital images are very easy to use. Most have one touch scanning so scanning and restoring your old slides and negatives is as easy as pressing a button. With the new photo scanning technology, most scans don't need any additional editing after scanning.
When you convert slides to digital images you will be able to share your old photos with family and friends far and wide. Digital images are much easier to store than that big box you have in the closet. It may take some time, but converting your slides and photos to digital is well worth every minute it takes!