How to Scan 35mm Slides

I’ve been asked quite a few times how to scan 35mm slides and preserve them for the future. There are actually three major parts to this question, each with a multitude of different answers. The following article is what works for me personally, with suggestions for options that have been reported to work for others.

Las Vegas

This is for the do it yourself type people. For those who don’t have the time there are a multitude of companies that specialize in scanning in 35mm slides. I’ve seen anywhere from $.18/slide up to $.89/slide. As I have roughly 12,000 slides on hand and am constantly collecting more, it made sense for me to do it myself as I was looking at between $2000 and $10,000 to do so. If you only have a few hundred slides, it may make more sense to approach one of the companies that do this.

Part 1: Cleaning Slides
Part 2: Scanning Slides
Part 3: Espon Scan Software
Part 4: Photoshop
Part 5: Archival and Storage

Slide Scanning Companies

I have not used any of these services, nor is this list a recommendation for any specific company. These links are here merely for convenience for those who are looking for them.

Scan Cafe
Scan My Photos

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