How to Digitize slides guide from describes three easy ways to digitize your old slides. After you digitize your old slides you can save them to DVD, print them and share with loved ones, or share them on photo sharing sites like Flickr or SmugMug. I have a lot of old slides that my Dad took in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. I started digitizing these slides using my trusty Canon CanoScan 8400F. This is a very slow process, however it is rewarding to see each slide convert to a digital photo “before your eyes”. Another option is to send your slides to a scanning service like ScanCafe. PopPhoto reviews ScanCafe in this article, “The 24-cent Scan”. Back to the original article. PopPhoto gives 3 options:

1. Slide Duplicator

Bottom Line: If you’re digitizing slides for computer slide shows, DVDs for TV viewing, or for posting on the web, a slide duper might suffice. But, if you want the possibility of making prints from your duped slides, pass on the duplicator and consider a film scanner.

PRO Inexpensive and relatively fast.

CON Images not sharp enough for big prints.

2. Film Scanner

Bottom Line: From an image quality standpoint, film scanners are your best bet. They make little sense, however, if you don’t need the resolution or have a limited number of slides to digitize and won’t be using the scanner again. If this is you, consider a slide duping house.

PRO Extensive control over resolution and image quality.

CON Cost of the scanner may be high.

3. Slide Duping House

Bottom Line: While sending slides out for duping is, from a labor standpoint, the easiest way to bring your slides into the digital era, it’s probably also the most expensive.

PRO Little labor on your part.

CON Can take weeks, is expensive, and affords you little control over the image quality.

On you will also find a few more interesting articles including:

Finally, you can start by reading a book like, “Scanning Negatives and Slides” or “Mastering Digital Scanning with Slides, Film, and Transparencies”.

I am interested in your experiences scanning slides or film.

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Scanning old film negatives – Scancafe

Scanning old film negatives – Scancafe

I’m sure you have lots of old film negatives and slides in shoe boxes. You may or may not have developed these into photos. I recently used ScanCafe to digitize about 380 negatives into digital jpeg files. These are the steps:

  1. Find your film negatives 🙂
  2. Print a UPS shipping label from the ScanCafe web-site.
  3. Ship your negatives in a sturdy padded envelope. [I also suggest you make a note of each set of negatives.]
  4. You can easily track your package on the UPS and ScanCafe web-sites.
  5. ScanCafe wil notify you when they receive it.
  6. Wait about 40 days (July 2 to August 14 for me) for the negatives to be scanned.
  7. Go online and pick the ones you want and only pay for them. [ScanCafe ended up sending me all my pictures] The site is easy to navigate and to view and to select the pictures you want.
  8. ScanCafe will cut a CD or DVD with you pictures and you should receive it 3-5 business days. You also get your original negatives back.
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