Many older photographers have a collection of slides and negatives sitting in the back of the closet. The intention is to convert them to digital files "some day." We had the same goal when we got our slide scanner a few years ago. However, we did not get very far with our project. There were a few good reasons. Some were process related, but the main reason was our results were not very good.
Scanning slides and negatives is more than just popping some slides into a slide scanner and hitting the scan button. It is about understanding the dynamic range of the analog source material and how best to fit that into the small color space of the digital scanner.
It is also about how to use software tools to remove scratches, dust, and other defects during the scanning process rather than afterwards. When we saw this book in the RockyNook collection, we thought, finally, everything we need to know gathered in one place. This 2nd Edition of Scanning Negatives and Slides by Sacha Steinhoff covers all of the steps necessary to tackle a conversion project. There is even a CD full of useful software and tools.
We had sold the first scanner bacause we didn't think we would ever get back to our project. With the info from this book we may give our slide conversion project another go...once we get another slide scanner. [Permalink]- How to Scan