We will digitize your slides, in 2" x 2" mounts (cardboard, plastic, glass mounts, or metal mounts), whether 35mm, or other film sizes. We can also scan "oddball" slide formats as well.
In addition to providing your image files on a flash drive or DVD, for a small additional charge ($0.02/image + disc cost) we can assemble your pictures into a HDTV Video Slide Show. We can then put that slide show on a DVD that you can play in your DVD player so you can enjoy your pictures on your TV set, as well as your computer.
Are your slides all loaded in projector carousels or linear trays? No problem! Just send them to us that way. We will scan your slides and return them to the carousels or trays in the same order in which they were received - at no extra charge. Other services will charge extra for that - as much as $4.95/carousel!
With our Premier Service, all images will be corrected for dust and scratches, color corrected for film-base color shifts, and put in the proper orientation in the JPEG image file. If there are any slides in your order that are damaged, we will scan them and give you the option of keeping them, deleting those scans from your order (at no charge), or having additional work done to fix the images (at an additionalphoto restorationcharge).
Your processed files will be stored on the storage medium of your choice: CD-ROM, DVD, BluRay, Thumb Drive (Flash Drive), M-Disc, or, for large orders, an external hard drive. You may indicate your choice of media when you fill out the Order Form/Packing List that you will receive from us when we are ready to receive your order. You can also receive multiple copies of your files, if you wish.
We don't really scan your slides. Instead, we take each slide, clean it with a soft brush to remove dust and debris, and place it on an LED light-box and actually photograph it full-size with a macro-photography setup. This avoids the artifacts that can be introduced by a scanner, and provides a higher resolution than almost any scanner. Essentially, it is like going back in time and re-shooting your slides with a modern digital camera.
We offer two categories of digitization service for your slides. The first, and most economical, is our "Image Only" service. This service consists of simply capturing the digital image of your slide, with no image post-processing at all. The cost for this service is just $0.20/slide.
With this service, all images will be in the landscape orientation (with the long axis horizontal). You can easily rotate the images that were taken with the camera in the vertical orientation using the Windows Photo Viewer. Or, if you prefer, we can do that for you for a small additional charge of $0.02/image, based on the total number of images in your job (because we have to review every slide).
The second Service Tier is our Premier service. This includes full post-processing of your images: this includes rotating the vertically oriented images, and removing any remaining dust and fibers that show up in the image. In the case of older slides where the color has faded, we are sometimes able to slightly improve the color saturation and intensity (but we make no guarantees). We also try, where possible, to improve exposure levels for images that are either under- or over-exposed.
These changes, while not typically dramatic, are usually a noticeable improvement. When we make these types of adjustments, you will receive both the original image, and the "enhanced" image, so that you may see the difference, and have both versions available. This kind of manual image-by-image processing is time consuming, and therefore is priced a bit higher: $0.38/slide.
These options can be combined in a single order. You can sort your slides into two categories: Image Only, and Premier Service, as long as they are clearly marked when we receive them.
If you prefer to have your image files in RAW or TIFF formats rather than JPEG, these are both available at a small additional charge (see Price List).
There is one other option that we can offer. If you have your slides digitized with the "Image Only"" option, after you receive the images you may decide that there are some that you would like to have processed through the "Premier Service" option. In those cases, you can send us the file names of the images you would like to have edited and cleaned up (we retain your image files for at least six months after delivery), and we will process those images at a cost of $0.50/image.
The obvious question at this point is: "Why is it more expensive to have the images edited after paying for the 'Image Only' scans?" The answer is that the pricing of our "Premier Service" is based on the fact that in a batch of slides, some will require no editing at all, some will require just a few touch-ups, and some will require more detailed attention, so the amount we charge represents an average cost.
When slide images are sent in after scanning for further processing, we know that all of the images will require more work, and more time, so we have to charge more for processing those images.
Here are some examples of the kinds of things we correct for with our Premier Service:
Many people don't realize it, but when slides are developed and mounted, the film frequently ends up being slightly misaligned with the slide frame. This results in one or more black edges in the image:
We crop the image slightly to remove those borders:
Virtually every slide is dirty - that is, covered in dust and fibers. When we capture slide images, we first remove as much of that stuff as possible, but it is never practical to remove it all. That means that the last of it must be removed from the image itself (note that these images must be viewed at 25% - equal to a 13" x 9" image to see the dust clearly ):
The same slide after manual image editing:
In any collection of photographs, there are always a few that are under- or over-exposed, or have flat contrast, or other problems. While we post-process images, we can sometimes improve the condition of an image.
The slide as imaged:
After exposure adjustment.
When we make adjustments of this type, we provide you with both versions of the image: the "before" and the "after".
In addition to JPEG files, we can also provide TIFF and RAW image file formats. Because these files are much larger than JPEG (between 4-6x) the processing time for image post-processing is much longer. As a result, we charge an additional $0.10/image for those file formats.
Are your slides all loaded in projector carousels or linear trays? No problem! Just send them to us that way. We will scan your slides and return them to the carousels or trays in the same order in which they were received - at no extra charge.
Large orders will be divided into file sub-directories of about 100-150 images (unless otherwise instructed), and all orders will include one or more Index images that contain a thumbnail image of each picture, together with its file name. That way you can quickly search for a particular image, or easily review all of the images in the file. Slides in carousels will be placed in folders corresponding to the individual carousel, unless otherwise specified. Of course, we will organize the images into specific categories of your choosing if you provide the necessary instructions.
Our prices for scanning slides are $0.20 per slide (Image Only) or $0.38 per slide (Premier Service) for 2" x 2" standard mounts, which includes not just 35mm but 110, 120, 126 & 127 camera formats (The MP size of the image for some non-35mm slides may be slightly smaller). As mentioned above, If you want TIFF or RAW file formats instead of JPEG, there is an additional charge of $0.10/image.
Compare our prices to places like COSTCO, where you pay $0.32/slide with NO manual image processing (and they don't tell you what resolution you get for that!). Other scanning services charge from $0.46 - $1.29 for high-resolution scans. In addition, to get to the lower end of their price scales, you have to have a large order quantity. We prefer to just start out with low prices, so that all our customers can save money, instead of just those with deep pockets and large slide collections.
As a way of introducing you to our Service, we invite you to try our Slide Scanning Service for FREE. We will scan up to five slides absolutely free of charge. The resulting jpeg images will be sent to you via email, and your slides will be sent back to you in a return envelope that you will provide to us.
To get your free scans, just fill out the Free Scan Request Form. We will reply with an email providing you with instructions on how to send us your slides, along with a mailing label that you will need to use for your envelope. Please, do not send us any materials without receiving this instructive email.
Of course, if you do not have any slides you would like to submit for free scans, you could choose to send us up to fournegatives,, or a couple ofphotographs,which have quantity limits (for free scans) that depend on the size of the photographs.
When scanning (or - more precisely, for us at least - converting) slides and negatives to digital images, one of the most problematic issues is that of dust and dirt on the original image film, which becomes very evident when the image is converted to digital form. Companies who process large volumes of slides in bulk try to use automated software programs (like "Digital ICE") to correct and remove these defects, but their success is limited, at best. For example, follow this link take a look at the results when slides were scanned byCostco.
Our process involves taking each individual image and inspecting it - and then correcting it - for any traces of dirt or dust. This is an approach you are not likely to find at any of the large commercial operations, either in stores or on the web.
To give you and example of the kid of results you can expect from us, one of our clients, Ken Wright, was generous enough to grant us permission to present some of the images we converted for him from his 35mm slide collection as examples of our work product. Ken's comment about our work was: "I appreciate what a good job you did to scan them so cleanly. I will recommend you to friends with no hesitation."
Because contaminants show up most readily in images which include large areas of sky, or water, or clouds, we have selected images of that type for your inspection. The images should be viewed at a large size to fully appreciate them. (Note: because these images are large files, to allow you to zoom in on them, they may take a while to load.)
You can trust Digital Conversions LLC to handle all yourslide scanningneeds.