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 and are just checking before they toss their old slides and negatives. Then I show them some of the slides and negatives that I have scanned and printed and they are shocked.
Another slide from the late 80’s that scanned and printed GREAT!
Why the confusion
So why is there so much confusion? Well first many people have heard about the bulk scanning businesses, some run out of people’s basements, that do scans for $0.50 per slide or less and they don’t clean the slides or negatives first or do anything to fix the color casts plus 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 and they tell everyone that this is the only way to scan film to digital so this scares many into thinking this is the only way to do it.
WHAT IS RIGHT????
Neither one is right! I have scanned and printed thousands of slides and negatives and they look GREAT! I even had one local photographer that was offered a free scan of some of their slides by a pro scanning company in Vancouver, after that company scanned the slides I scanned them and in all the scans 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.
What to do??
So if you have old slides and negatives don’t toss them, get them scanned and preserved for the next generation!
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