Scan Slides and Scan Negatives

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Preserving and Protecting the Very Best Times of Your Life!

There are several basics when it comes to Scanning Slides and Scanning Negatives

1. You have a broad range of choices for resolution, cleaning, and editing.
2. The scan can be a SCAN or not really a scan.
3. The price varies widely based on your choices – and you do get what you pay for.

Resolution – slides and negatives are eligible for resolution from basic up to very high quality. For most uses, 1800dpi is great. 3600 is good for moderate enlargement if desired, and 6400 is very good for almost any personal use. Only fine photography, artwork, and big enlargements need to go beyond that.

Cleaning – once you have selected your resolution – how clean do you want your slides and negatives. The ranges of cleaning starts at none and goes up from there to air dusting and on to individual hand cleaning. Most people think that their slides have been well taken care of, but we continuously see dirty sky, white clothes, and faces from slides that looked very clean at the beginning. 

Editing – the final step when converting negatives to digital or slides to digital is post scan editing. The range varies from none at all to simple cropping all the way up to color correction, light correction, shadow and highlight balance, and of course digital elimination of dust and scratches. The next step beyond high level editing would be actual restoration of damaged photos.

The choice is yours – and the price varies widely as a result. Just make sure that you know what you are getting:
1. a true scan of Slides to DVD or a scan of Negatives to DVD and not a picture of the slide or negative.
2. the desired resolution, cleaning, and editing to meet your goals

James Nordby