Best practices for scanning slides
February 10, 2013 2:53 PM Subscribe
My Dad has a collection of nearly 12,000 35mm slides, which I want to digitize. They've been out in the garage for years, and many of them are 30 to 50 years old. I'd like to make them look as good as possible after scanning. Early results are not what I'd like.
posted by zompist to computers & internet (14 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I'm familiar with Photoshop, but ironically not for its primary use of photo retouching. Here's some of the scans
(unretouched). Most of them look desaturated and color-shifted, but I'd like to know exactly what filters to apply to improve them. I've tried adjusting saturation, hue, and contrast, but I feel like I'm probably missing something.
They don't look so good zoomed... I'm using an Honestech slide scanner at 10 megapixels-- maybe it's not very good? Or do old slides just tend to look like that?