Yes with a digital scanner connected to your home computer, you can take
your film negatives/prints or slides and make digital copies of them.
These days, scanners are being extensively used for converting your hard
copy images and photographs into a digital formats.
These digital copies are just like pictures taken with a digital camera
that you can share, manipulate, show and organize in the same way. With
a scanner and your digital camera, you can keep all your memories, old
and new, together on your home computer or any removable data storage
devices such as a CD/DVD or on one of the large capacity USB Portable
Data Storage devices.
Whatever storage you decide to
use: Remember always keep a separate back-up copy some ware else in case
the original scanner results are damaged or lost!
However you could use a Professional
scanning service. Most of the professional scanning services use
scanners with higher dpi which means greater clarity. The printer you
use at home might not be able to get you the best scanned pictures since
they are means for normal use and not for high resolution images.
How to convert your old 35mm slides into digital format.
The first thing to remember about
converting 35mm slides is that you do not lose the original slides. They
are still preserved as they were all these years. What you do is just
scan those slide photos using a scanners and making a digital image of
the photos to store them onto your computer. Converting the 35mm slides
to digital format also means that you can correct the photo and make it
better, for instance, by removing the stains that may have collected
onto the original photo in the past many years. For an editing
software you may wish to use an excellent product such as one of the
Adobe® Photoshop® family products
Scanning your images can be a time consuming operation, although with
practice and the right equipment, the time per slide can be reduced to
around 30 seconds. Editing and improving the appearance may take longer.
Converting your slides and old photographs into digital images does not
require an expensive scanner; equipment under £100 will do the job.
However, for a highest quality end result, a more costly dedicated
slide/file or picture scanners are needed. In either case, you will
require some good photo software to clean up your scanned results.
Finally, if you have a small amount of slides and old photographs to
convert you may wish to consider an all in one Flatbed scanner to
convert your transparencies, plain paper, and negative film into the
digital format. Prices range between £150 up to £500 depending on the Quality/Optical
resolution that you require.
On the other hand you may wish to buy a dedicated copier for slide or
picture scanning only. Prices range between £60 up to £600 depending on
the Quality/Optical resolution that you require. Our advice would be to
read-up on the equipment product reviews that meet your requirements
first, then shop around or on-line for the
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