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Old 04-17-2008, 10:41 AM   #1
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I had some slides converted to digital images and they didn't turn out very good. Lots of my company's good product images are on slides and so I'd like to know if anyone has a recommendation. I'd like to be able to use some of these images in my marketing materials but the quality is not good enough. I know nothing about converting slides into digital so I am not sure what my options are...any advice would be awesome!

   
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:14 PM   #2
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I had some slides converted to digital images and they didn't turn out very good. Lots of my company's good product images are on slides and so I'd like to know if anyone has a recommendation. I'd like to be able to use some of these images in my marketing materials but the quality is not good enough. I know nothing about converting slides into digital so I am not sure what my options are...any advice would be awesome!
The conversion process is scanning. Poor quality could come about in a number of ways:
  • Wrong type of scanner: I believe the best quality will come from a dedicated slide scanner rather than a flatbed scanner with a transparency adapter, but I might be behind the times.
  • Inadequate scanner: If you are trying to archive important images, you want high resolution, good color, etc.
  • Poor scanning quality: Bad technique, lousy judgment about resolution and other technical issues, and so on. Maybe attempts to compensate automatically for color shifts common in slides.
  • Poor slide quality to begin with: Faded, blurry, etc.

In other words, hard to say why. The way to fix it is probably to send the slides to a good service and have the scans made to your specifications by people who know how and have the right equipment. Alternatively, you could get a slide scanner and learn how to do it in-house. In my experience, that is too often false economy, however.

We need Steve Rindsberg — he is our resident slide conversion ace.

   
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:49 PM   #3
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Who did the scanning? As KT noted, the scanner/scanning makes all the difference.

Once you have the raw scan, then you're probably going to need to work on the scanned image in Photoshop to color correct, sharpen and any number of other things to get a good working image. Additionally, while working on the raw scan in Photoshop, you need to determine how the image will be used--will you be printing the image and/or will it be used on the web?

Depending on the number of slides you need to have scanned, it might be worth buying a slide scanner or you could have them professionally scanned. Before I bought my slide scanner, I had about 200 of them professionally scanned and I think the cost was about $2/slide but that was a number of years ago so the price may have gone up. Each professionally scanned slide came in 4 (I think) different resolutions and if I'm remembering correctly, if I had paid a bit more per slide, I could have gotten a 5th resolution. I can't remember how how the res was on that 5th one but it was quite high--maybe 4000-5000 ppi???

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Old 04-17-2008, 11:02 PM   #4
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>> We need Steve Rindsberg — he is our resident slide conversion ace.

I'm the one who used to convert images to slides but only rarely t'other way round. But I'd go along with Terrie's reply.

   
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:10 PM   #5
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Try asking in the Compuserve Photography Forum where there is a lot of discussion of scanning and in particular since there are a number of photographers there located in CA, including I think Mike Wilmer the WIZOP, you could get pointers to good labs to go to for scanning.

You don't have to be a member of Compuserve any more -- just log on with an AIM etc name and set a password.

   
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