Scanning Slides


I have shot a lot of photos with a Nikon FE and a Hasselblad classic, mostly slides. I now have about 1500 colour slides. Though I have kept them safely, how do I  scan them without losing quality.
PM Ganapathy, Mysore

To get the best out of your colour slides, it is advisable to give them to professional agencies. However, since the number of slides is high, it is more economical to scan your slides from home. All you need is a flat bed or dedicated film scanner, its slide holder accessory and image correction software like Adobe Photoshop. You can scan your pictures by placing them in the slide holder and scanning them accordingly.

The next step in scanning your slides involves image correction, because the colours in slide films fade and may even accumulate dust and dirt. With an image editing software like Kodak’s Digital ROC Photoshop plug-in filter, you can correct faded colours, adjust the brightness and contrast as well as crop unwanted areas. You should also know that not all slides will scan perfectly. Because of the aging process and external circumstances, some slides will simply not look good no matter how much you edit them.

This article originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of Better Photography.

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