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Top 5 Benefits of Going With a Professional to Scan Your Slides

You know you want to get your slides converted to digital, but knowing how to go about doing that can feel overwhelming. There is a lot to factor in to make that decision. What are the benefits of going with a professional to scan your slides over doing it yourself? There are many questions about it all that can make scanning your slides seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. We are going to discuss the pro and cons of doing it yourself versus having a professional do it all for you. The benefits of going with a professional to scan your slides are huge. Below we will discuss those benefits.

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Not all slide scanners are equal in what they produce. When using a professional you want to make sure they are using professional equipment as well as software to scan and edit them. Larsen Digital has both high end scanners as well as professional software. There are also many different formats of slides out there like 35mm slides, 126 format slides, 110 format slides and 127 format slides. If you have a mix of these you will need to make sure that you have a scanner that will scan each type of slide without cutting off part of the image or getting a bad scan of it. Professional companies not only will have the better scanners to scan each type of slide but they are educated in the best settings for them as well. In order to scan your own slides you will have to become very educated in image processing. The resolution that you have your slides scanned will make a large impact on your end result. More affordable scanners for those that want to DIY will promise high resolutions but it's what they aren't telling you that makes the biggest difference. All the elements needed for the right color, contrast and clarity have to be there. These more affordable scanners just don't have all of this. You definitely get what you pay for with different types of scanners. Another important feature is Digital ICE. Digital ICE technology uses infrared light, which is able to detect dust, hairs, finger prints or scratches. As infrared light is invisible it cannot reproduce the color information of the image and therefore only delivers the defect information to the scanner software.

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Below is information on resolutions for 35mm slides.

2000 dpi(dots-per-inch): Image size in pixels 1740x2660 and will print up to a 6x9 image. Jpeg files are about 3.67MB while tiff files are about 44MB. These are equivalent to a 4.6 megapixel camera.

3000 dpi(dots-per-inch): Image size in pixels 2625x3900 and will print up to a 9x13 image. Jpeg files are about 6.7MB while tiff files are about 31MB. These are equivalent to a 9.2 megapixel camera.

4000 dpi(dots-per-inch): Image size in pixels 3500x5200 and will print up to a 11x17 image. Jpeg files are about 12MB while tiff files are about 54MB. These are equivalent to a 18.5 megapixel camera.

Most scanners will come with software to scan your images with and give them a basic color correction. They are other really great software out there that doesn't come with a scanner. If you don't have good software, the colors in your film will not scan correctly. Software and resolution make a huge difference when it comes to scanning your slides. They both work together, you have to have both or your scan will suffer.

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Editing Software

Even with the best scanner and software, when you are dealing with old slides there are still going to be color and contrast corrections needed. Photoshop is the best digital editing software out there however it comes with a hefty price tag. When having a professional scan your slides they need to have decent software to edit the colors in your images afterwards. Some old film will fade a blue-ish tint, red-ish tint, or an all over color fading away to where they isn't much image left. Contrast can be an issue as well. Professionals like Larsen Digital not only fix up your faded images but they adjust the contrast as well so you aren't losing details in the shadows of your images. To get these beautiful looking images you not only need the software to correct your images but you need to know how to use it. Here at Larsen Digital we have professionally trained employees that can color correct your images for you making it so that when you get your images back they are ready to view, print or use. In a day and age when we never have enough time, let Larsen Digital help you out.



The price to have a professional scan around 300 slides is between $114-$126 depending on the resolution. This is the price of the cheapest scanner you can possibly buy to do your own. But for the same price you will get the quality scans and color correction that you deserve. Don't settle for a bad scan of your precious memories, get it done correctly the first time. Considering it takes you 5 minutes per image, for 300 slides you are looking at 25 hours worth of work. It just isn't cost effective to scan your own slides.

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Once you make up your mind to get your slides scanned you usually want to get it done quickly so you can enjoy seeing your images. When sending a few hundred slides to a professional company it is about 1 week before they are ready to be returned to you. If you are scanning them on your own at home, it will take you that long just to get everything set up and figure out the settings.

When Having a Professional Company Do It For You

Be sure to ask:

  • What scanner they are using
  • How long will it take to get my slides back
  • Are my slides being sent out of the country to be scanned
  • What color corrections are done after my slides are scanned

If the company is unable to clearly answer those questions, or they admit they are outsourced, find a different company. Here at Larsen Digital, we do all our work ourselves, we never outsource our work to other companies or send it outside the USA. If you are ready to have your slides scanned and done correctly now is the time to act. Larsen Digital is the leading provider in all your digitizing needs. When using a professional company there are many benefits to them than doing it on your own. You only want to convert to digital your precious photographic memories once and you should do it well. Unless you are willing to commit the necessary time and resources the results will be disappointing. Your memories deserve the best. To learn more about having your slides scanned click here. Call or order online today!