35mm Photos to Digital

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rs7, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. rs7 macrumors regular

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  2. MacForMeOneDay macrumors member

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    If the actual pictures you mean the 35mm slides that you would simply put in a projector and display on a screen. I used an Opteka Slide Converter to convert over 1000 photos. I picked it up at Amazon for around $50.

    The best setup is to use a tripod, a camera that has Manual focus, and point it towards a natural indirect light source.
    I have a Nikon D60, so it worked well. So you are basically taking a picture of a picture. The quality was actually pretty good.

    The only "issue" I had with it, was that the resulting image had a large black border around the picture of the slide. And to manually crop out 1000 photos just wasn't something I was willing to do.
    I used imagemagick to essentially batch crop the images.
    Here's an example of one of the results:

    I can send you an example pic, and if I still have it, I can send you the script I used to do the batch cropping (Your's would be different, but I also benefit from an example)
     
  3. rs7 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That looks pretty high tech :p. I'm looking for something that will take my 4x6 printed photos and put them on my computer, like the link from Hammacher Schlemmer I gave above (but that's only for Windows :\ ). I know a regular scanner could do it...but it's kind of tedious to scan 5,000 pictures one by one manually...

    So anyone know something to scan 4x6 photos to a Mac :p
     
  4. munckee macrumors 65816

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    I'm pretty sure there's an online service that allows you to mail in a bunch of photos and they'll scan them for you and return a disc. Can't remember the name right now though...
     
  5. MacForMeOneDay macrumors member

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    Sorry, when I looked at that link, I saw the picture of the slide scanner, (inset ad).
    If you're doing just 4x6 prints then munckee is right, there are services. But I think they run in the 24cents per picture range. So 5000 pics X 24cents=$1200!

    I would probably just use my scanner, lay down as many as I could on the glass, then use imagemagik to slice and dice it out into smaller photos. (You could also try your luck with the built in automator actions)
     

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