Why Choose Modern Slide Scanning Service for Digital Conversion?

Preserving 35mm slides or really any traditional slides which were produced years ago is one of the most difficult jobs. In order that they don’t get exposed and damaged, you probably have stacked them all in a store room. However, this is really unnecessary today what with modern slide scanning services using advanced techniques to scan them into digital formats which are of high quality.

As is the case with video and music photos too are better stored in digital formats for longevity. This is exactly what scanning services today do. Once scanned into digital formats, your slides can then be stored anywhere you want such as your home computer, a flash drive or even your smartphone. All this has become possible due to the advances in scanning techniques over the last decade or two.

Most of the modern slide scanning services will scan your slides and convert them into one of the popular image file formats like PNG, BMP or JPEG. Others services may prefer different formats. All these formats have their own pros and cons. The JPEG images for example occupy very little digital storage space. You can copy tons of JPEG images on to your smartphones and still have storage space left. This format however isn’t of the highest quality possible.

The PNG is an uncompressed image file format which preserves the quality of your slide and reproduces exactly the same image. If you want to archive photos on to a large hard disk, this is the better choice. That is because the PNG files occupy a large amount of space as compared to the other formats. This shouldn’t be a problem since Terabyte storage disks are much cheaper these days.

Once you have decided to scan your slides, you need to do some preparatory work before you go ahead. If you have tons of slides to be converted, better organize them into separate groups before handing them over to professionals. Also, if your slides are very old, they might be stained with dirt, some of it tough to remove. Nonetheless, clean the slides as much as possible without damaging them.

After the best of your efforts, if some dirt specs still remain on the slides, you have help in the form of photo editing programs. You can virtually remove any kind of undesirable elements from your photos. The best of such programs are the famous Adobe Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro. Inexpensive alternatives also exist such as Pixelmator for the Max as do free options such as GIMP.

One of the thoughts that might cross your mind is why not scan all those slides at home rather than spending on professional slide scanning services? If you only have a few photos and just want to carry them on your smart phone and don’t need high quality, using your home scanner is a very practical choice.

However, if you want high quality images, you need professional slide scanning machines to do the job which is most often only available only with scanning services. Besides, if you have many, many slides to be scanned, doing the job at home can take days and probably will be more expensive in terms of power usage.