How To Convert Old Slides To Digital Files
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With the advent of new computer technologies, going digital has become the trend. This technology has made people's work easier without the use of paper. This is probably great news for those who used to deal with lots of paper work (individual and commercial). It is also a good news for the photographers, and general folks who want to use their films and slides. Most people have some old 35mm slides tucked away in their “attic”. These slides contain the beautiful past memories of their family, friends and relatives. These slides were once a highly popular means of taking photographs. They were used to share photos with the help of big screens. Whether it’s a family vacation, an official tour or an event, everything was captured using slides. It was the original way of photo sharing.

Today, we have a range of advanced camcorders and cameras, but we can’t get back those past memories unless we convert those slides into digital format. For example, we have to convert 35mm slides to files for getting a digital version of the images. Typically, scanning 35mm slides may not be at the top of the to-do-list of people, but it should be. Because, memories are always precious.

If you are one of the slide lovers and want to bring back those memories into life, you have to preserve them forever. By scanning the slides, you can share your family photos with the next generation. When it comes to scanning, you have two options. You can try yourself or, take the help of a professional service provider. Let’s have a look at both the cases.

Scanning your 35mm slide at home:

People always try to spend a minimum of their budget on everything they do. In most of the cases, they try do-it-yourself techniques. It’s good in case of a non-technical or general projects. When you want to convert 8mm film to DVD or 35 mm slides to files, you have to be careful. Because, they contain your precious memories. So, you have to scan the slides to preserve the memories. But, which is right? Do it at home or use a service? If you try to do it at home, and you have round 600 slides, you need the right equipment. That means, you have to buy a scanner that will cost around $200 ($1500, if it’s a professional scanner). You may face difficulties if, the slides are faded, color-shifted to pinkish or blue tones. Now you need to buy a professional photo editing software, along with editing skills. So, it’s all about a hectic schedule and you have to spend more than your expected budget.

Using a service provider:

It’s a much easier option that will save you both time and money. Apart from your 35mm slides, they’ll also scan the negatives and prints. Professional service providers are experts in scanning most of the formats. You just have to pack up your slides and send them as soon as possible. They will clean your slides, remove scratches and minor blemishes. After converting the slides, they can do things like cropping, red-eye removal and color corrections to get the pictures close to the original state.

Author info: Harish Douglas is associated with Kuligs Kreations Inc. since a long time. Here the experts convert 8mm film to DVD taking special care in the preparation of the conversion.


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