There are slide scanners that you can buy that do a pretty good job. But, how are you going to decide which of your old slides to scan? You’ll probably need to project them and take a look before you can decide right? Well, why not just snap a digital picture of the ones you want to keep as you project them?
Set up a Slide Show
You might even get out the popcorn and serve some wine to your family or friends while having one last slide show of your old slides.
This made it so easy and fun. We watched several trays of slides and I just clicked the shutter every time there was a slide I wanted to keep. I had to experiment with the settings a little, but not much. Half of the time I even used my automatic point-and-shoot camera. The biggest issue was being careful that the projected image was in focus before snapping the shutter.
Here is the resulting picture from the slide shown above:
With a couple clicks in Picasa after the fact, they come out pretty good.
Would they have come out better if I used a slide scanner instead? Maybe. Certainly if I had them professionally scanned. Meanwhile, if I had to wait till I decided which slides to scan, bought a scanner, and then went thru the scanning process – it might never get done. This way, after a couple of evenings, I’m finished! it was fun and free. Now I have some precious pictures of my Mom’s travels from before digital cameras. This one is from her trek in Nepal in 1990.
If you have slides – give it a shot! What do you have to lose?
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