Tuesday, April 6, 2021

DECISION ON THE SLIDES.

       I've finally made a decision on what I'm doing with my slides. 

       In the 60's and 70's and more the 35 mm camera was the best technology at the time. 

       So in 1963 I bought my first camera a 35 mm. I forget the model but it as the low end and was all automatic. As I said it's the first camera I owned. To say the least I didn't know anything about photography

     1963 was the year I left for the arctic and I sensed that I should have more than a decent camera.

      At that time , having to pay for film and development one was careful about how many photos you took.

    My photos have been sitting in trays for about 40 years. I haven't looked at them.

    Then I married the Micro Manager and she had a better 35 mm camera. 

     Between the two of us we have quite a few slides. 

     I sold my 35 mm to one of the Inuit.

    I've been dithering more than two years on how to change my slides to digital. I've looked into things and tried things. All the things I tried were terrible and were not satisfactory.  I didn't want to buy a scanner and find out results were poor. I had tried a scanner about 7 years ago and the results were terrible because of the operating system I was using.

     What did I find out that worked. I use the projector and take a photo of the image on the wall. It turns out to be just about the same quality as the original slide.

    So here we go! Wish me luck!

43 comments:

  1. I'm glad you figured out a solution for the slides, you will take a lot of nostalgic trips while you photograph them all.
    The building I work in includes a museum and the museum manager spends a lot of time scanning slides on what I believe is a very expensive scanner. When he is scanning a batch of slides which came from my church, I like to try to identify the people (the events are usually before my memory) It's a bit of fun

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    1. It will take a lot of time. I have many more slides than I thought.

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  2. Oh, I also wanted to comment on aging! There are so many things I used to do easily but now, even the things I can do are made more difficult by glasses sliding down or trying to hold a walking stick, the aids we use make life easier but also give us less hands to work with!

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    1. It's a challenge. I'm fortunate to have excellent health.

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  3. Hello,
    I think you found a great way to save your photos! Take care, enjoy your day!

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    1. I think I'll e very old when I finish.

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  4. Well, that's an option! I can't wait to see how it looks!

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  5. Never heard of it, but as long as it works for you.

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    1. I'm not looking for professional job as the slides are taken by a none photographer.

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  6. How clever! I am wishing you luck and look forward to seeing some of them on your blog here. :-)

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  7. If you are just viewing them on a computer, that way might be okay but if you ever want to enlarge them, you probably won't have enough resolution to do so with that method. A better way to photograph them would be to put them on a light bed and photograph the actual slide with a macro lens if you have one.

    In your previous experience, it probably wasn't the scanner that was the problem but the software. They have modern software now that allows one to batch commands to post treat a scanned image automatically before saving. When I scanned my hundreds of trays of slides, the software automatically corrected exposure, fading, removed dust and minor scratches, etc. before displaying the image up on the screen to be saved. I had a couple of different "recipes" depending on slide brand because different brands help up better than others.

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    1. Buying a scanner was an issue as many are next to useless. I'm not looking for a professional job.

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  8. That is such a clever idea! I am impressed Red. Let us know how it all turns out. I have dozens of slides I would like to get converted.

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    1. It's going to be work and you will find out what they're like. Many of the slides are not good quality.

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  9. I love the idea of photographing the projected image of the slides on the wall. I am so looking forward to seeing the results.

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  10. Pretty clever ... good luck!

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  11. Well, that is going to take awhile! But of course, now we have nothing but time so... good luck!

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  12. A very creative idea, Red. I like it.

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  13. That is certainly one way to get copies and I never thought of doing it that way. Smart thinking Red! I hope we will get to see some of your slides. You have led such an interesting life!

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    1. A friend told me about this procedure so I thought I would try it.

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  14. An interesting solution I never would have thought of. Now, forward ho on the great project!

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    1. A friend suggested this as he had done all his slides.

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  15. Clever idea. And you still have a projector?!

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    1. My fiend's idea. I still have a projector . However I found about 220 slides that I'd forgotten about.

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  16. Thinking outside the square, Red.
    Well done! It will be interesting to see how it all turns out

    Alphie

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    1. A friend used this and liked the quality.

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  17. I've done that, too. You can cull the lot effectively, too.

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    1. Culling is another issue. It's hard to do.

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  18. I used a scanner and got excellent results. I am already looking forward to seeing some of your old Arctic pictures. I hope that you will share some on this award winning blog.

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