Slide & Negative Scanning

Even with the dark areas this slide scanned almost perfect!
Even with the dark areas this slide scanned almost perfect and the print looks amazing!

I get many clients that come in asking about prints from slides and negatives. Many have heard that it is impossible to get quality prints without spending a fortune. They are just checking one last time before they toss their old slides and negatives. I show them some of the slides and negatives that I have scanned and printed and they are shocked at the amazing quality and how affordable it is.

Why the confusion

A Fuji slide from late 80's
A Fuji slide from late 80’s

Well first many people have heard about bulk scanning businesses and how bad they are. Some of these are run out of people’s damp basements. They do scans for $0.50 per slide or less and they are GARBAGE!!! They don’t clean the slides or negatives first. Nothing is done to fix color casts and they scan on low resolution so the final result is HORRIBLE!!

Second there are lots of photographers that like to brag about the $200 – $500 scan they had done by a professional scanning service. They tell everyone that this is the only way to scan film or negatives to digital. This scares many into thinking this is the only way to do it and nobody can afford to scan 100 slides at $200 each.

I have scanned and printed tens of thousands of slides and negatives and they look GREAT!

A slide from back in the mid 80's
A slide from back in the mid 80’s


I had one local photographer that was offered a free scan of a couple of their slides by a pro scanning company in Vancouver. After that company scanned the slides I scanned them. When compared side by side on my monitor and in prints mine looked as good or better!!!

So why the difference? Many times it is the setting of the scanner, sometimes it is just taking an extra second or two to tweak the color and density or sometimes it is having to adjust the file afterwards. Many places miss this part of the process.

What to do??

If you have old slides and negatives don’t toss them. Get them scanned and preserved for the next generation!

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Spring Birds

Some of the spring birds I saw from a drive this past weekend.  East of Coaldale. It is amazing how one day you can look and not see a bird then the next day they are everywhere!

With all the fields flooding the returning birds are finding lots of open water to land in.  A REAL change from last year as last year even the lakes were drying up.  Many of my favorite birding spots have actually been dry for a few years.  Some in farmers fields have been turned back to producing farm land as they have dried up enough to get equipment in. My only concern is that this water is only a spring thing and birds will start to nest in the flooded fields and then they will dry up.

I am not one to say everything is a result of global warming but something sure has been playing havoc with the rain and heat patterns.

American Wigeon southeast of Coaldale
American Wigeon southeast of Coaldale
American Robyn, first one of the year. Here come the birds
American Robyn, first one of the year
California Gull out for a morning walk
California Gull out for a morning walk

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Staying ahead of the workload

I get asked a lot how I can stay ahead of the huge workload that we get at certain times of the year? Believe me it is easy to fall behind so for the next few days I will be giving out some tips on staying caught up.

Tip 1 – Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today!

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Exposure Chart

I have been wanting to do this exposure chart for a long time. Seeing that today is a snow day it was a good day to work on it. It is not designed to be a 100% complete with or is it to explain everything. It is a good cheat sheet to help when shooting or studying.

When teaching I see people’s faces go blank as they try and understand some terms. Things like how ISO can cause a change to another area such as grain in the image. This sheet is to help you understand that relationship with ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture.

You can print a copy of it for PERSONAL use only. You cannot remove or alter any information.

Click on the link below to download a larger version.

Printable Version

Exposure Chart
Exposure Chart

Lethbridge River Bottom

The Lethbridge river bottom, lots of shoots close to home. Staying home can be a good thing some days! 

March 4, 2018 saw me needing to get out and take some pictures and after a huge dump of snow the Lethbridge river bottom seemed like a good place that was close enough to home to get to.

The good thing with shooting close to home is that if the subjects are not cooperating you have not spent a lot of time and money driving. The other nice thing is that you can go back easily if you find a sweet spot. Sometimes we just feel that if we are not driving a long distance that it is not as exciting.

Male Pheasant in The Lethbridge River Bottom
Male Pheasant – The Lethbridge River Bottom

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