How to make photos from slides?
It is less and less possible to meet people who print their photos: it is easier and cheaper to store them on a computer, and not in a paper photo album. And any film is not too durable. And what do you need to do if you want to extend the life of the old slides and save memories in digital format? How to make photos from slides?
Turn to a professional
The easiest way is to go to a digital photo lab, where you can take photos from slides. You just need to order the digitization of photographic materials, and you will scan the negatives, edit the digitized material and even restore the film if necessary - the old old slides without this service just can not do.
However, not every laboratory performs the scanning of negatives, and the prices for such a service may bite in different cases.
Scan slides at home
You can make photos from slides yourself if you have a special scanner with an integrated slide module, since only such scanners have a separate function for scanning transparent originals.Conventional scanners do not cope with this task because they cannot provide the required amount of backlight for dark slides.
You only need to load the slide into the slide module and scan it using the scanning software that comes with the scanner. Before scanning, select whether you want to scan a black and white negative or color.
Attention: it is necessary to set the “Negative scan” mode - this way your slide will be scanned and transferred to positive automatically. If you scan the slide as a normal image, then turn it into a positive will not work.
Consider: if the slides that you want to convert into photos are too old, and the film has been unmanifested for decades, the negatives could light up and the image has already been broken, so you probably won't be able to fix it yourself.
If you haven’t found a lab with the corresponding services and you don’t have a slide scanner either - don’t despair. Unfortunately, it is not possible to cope with absolutely no additional equipment, but there is still a way to make photos from slides on your own.
This method consists in resampling the film of the slide and then correcting the color and contrast in the graphic editor.
You will need:
- plastic packaging from the disc;
- stationery knife;
- a graphic program installed on a computer;
- digital SLR camera with a macro focus lens;
The main principle of this method is to create a light source that is placed behind the film and provides the necessary illumination to the slide. There is a simple and cheap way to make such a luminous flux - is to use a computer monitor or laptop with a white splash screen.
Open the package from the disk and cut a rectangle in the center of the black backing slightly smaller than the size of your slide. Insert the slide into the resulting frame and press it with the transparent lid of the package so that it does not fall out. Fix the frame on the table in a stable position and place it directly in front of the light source in the form of a white screen.
Mount the camera on a tripod so that it does not shake when shooting. Choose a custom shooting mode (M). Shoot better in RAW format, not JPEG.Try to adjust the position of the camera so that the frame in the viewfinder covers the film of the slide as much as possible.
Dim your office space as much as possible. Turn on the close-up mode (macro mode), focus and capture shots.
When the result is satisfactory, proceed to the editing phase of the received photos. We will describe the desired function in Adobe Photoshop, but you can use another image editor.
Open the photos in Photoshop. For each, apply the function of inversion (menu "Image" - "Correction" - "Inversion") - and positive photos are ready.
If the color rendition does not suit you very much, you can use the Brightness / Contrast or the Selective Color Correction ... tools in the Image menu - Correction and edit the photo to your liking. To learn about the methods of correction in detail and learn how to correctly handle photos, you can visit the training sites for photoshop and other photo editors.
You can clearly study how to make a reshoot of film and transfer negatives to positive in the following video:
This method is unlikely to please you with an excellent result for printing photos in large formats, but it is quite suitable for digitizing home archives.