Posts Tagged ‘slides’

Slide Scanning Services

March 21, 2010

To digitize old slides by yourself or have a slide scanning services digitize them for you is the question. The answer is really simple. If you digitize slides yourself, you’ll have to go out and buy a special scanner, learn how to hook it up to your computer as well as installing a driver so that it will communicate with the scanner, and then take hours scanning slides in – not to mention after you are done scanning your slides, you will then have to buy a $600 photo editor (preferably Photoshop) to alter the color and sharpen the image. That’s just to much work for one person to do, not to mention the cost of everything. My personal view is that if I still had my slides hanging around the house, I would take them to a business that can digitize old slides for a reasonable price.

So where should you take your slides? Good question. Wal-Mart can digitize slides, but that isn’t their specialty. I don’t want to blow a whole bunch of money of where it probably won’t be done right in the first place. So the answer is – anyone can do it – but that raises another question – who can do it the right way? You’ll have to really search on the internet to find an answer.

Just bring up google on the internet. Type in “scanning service reviews”. This will show you reviews written by people that had good or bad experiences with scanning companies. This is great way to find solid companies.

However, if someone writes about a bad experience with a scanning company, I’m not saying that you should totally shun a company that has one negative review. Every company will have a customer who is a perfectionist and if the business did one little thing wrong, that individual will get online and write a bad review. If you see one or two marks against a business, cut them a little slack – we don’t live in a perfect world. However, if you see multitudes of bad reviews, then you will want to avoid doing business with that company.

Once you find which companies are good or bad, go to Google again and type in “slide scanning service”. There are many companies out there that you can ship your slides to that can digitize slides to cd or DVD.

Once you find the company, depending on their procedures, go to their website and download an order form and write how many slides you want digitized. If you have any questions, be sure to call them. They should have a 800 number. Next, you will have to get your slides ready for shipping. Go through each slide with a lint-free cloth and wipe it clean. Also, make sure they are in a specific order. For an example, you may have slides of two different vacations you took in 1995 and also in 1996. Separate them and let the company know that you want them organized in a specific way on the CD or DVD. You don’t want to have a bunch of digital images mixed together, not knowing when or where the pictures were taken. So make sure you organize them.

Once they are organized, ship them to the business of your choice. If you are in a rush, you can usually call the business and ask them if they can have them back to you by a certain date. Most companies do have a rushed service to those that need them back quickly.

Once they are shipped, all you have to do now is sit back and wait. When your slides arrive at the service to digitize slides, these businesses have very expensive equipment that will digitize your slide collection. How to digitize slides or how businesses digitize slides however, is beyond the scope of this article.

Once they are digitized, companies will then download them to a CD or DVD in the order that you have asked. They will be shipped back once they are finished. Once they arrive at your home, put the slides into a safe place, grab a computer and put the CD in, sit back and enjoy your now digitized images of your slides.

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Scan Slides to Digital

December 15, 2009

I had a lot of old pictures laying around my house. The pictures are mostly from the 80’s and 90’s and they are mainly taken from family vacations and other events. I eventually send all the slides to a place named Digital Memories Online – which was a PHOTO SCANNING SERVICE. They knew how to Scan Slides to Digital. Sure, I had to spend some money, but it was really worth it – I didn’t have to scan them myself which would’ve taken all of eternity.

I went to their website and downloaded a short order form and told them how many slides I was shipping to them. I also sent them a quick e-mail and told them that I wanted these pictures organized by date and even on the DVD they were going to download to. I then sent the package to them.

I was kind of worried about some of the pictures, because they were distorted a little bit and was afraid that they weren’t able to repair the damages. I did tell them about it and told them to see what they could do. The company assured me they had the best equipment to deal with pictures like that.

A few weeks later, I received my old pictures in a box along with a DVD. I put all my pictures back into another box and put them in the attic. I then sat down and opened up the package of the DVD that now had my old slides converted into DIGITIZED PHOTOS. I then placed the DVD into my computer and looked through the images on my monitor. They pictures turned out great – and I’m even talking about the ones that needed repair. They must have done some good photo shopping on my photos, because the ones that were somewhat distorted – looked as good as new. I’m glad that I went ahead and had Digital Memories Online convert my slides to digital.