35mm Slide Converter - How it Works

By Gloria Smith

If there's one photo printing gadget that benefits both the digital SLR camera users and those who still prefer to use the traditional film, it has to be the slide and film converter. With this device, there is always a way to turn even your old negatives into quality digital images and have them printed as if they were just taken recently. What seem not feasible in the past is now very much possible, thanks to the ever dynamic and advancing technology.

Many of these slide and film negative scanners have the capability of converting the images into Jpeg files and scan several slides at a time. And with a USB port that can easily be connected to the computer, transferring of images is really fast. A Windows software normally comes with any purchase which allows users to edit and resize their photos.

Using a 35mm slide converter is quick and easy. Make sure that you read the manual before doing anything else. There are some scanners that will require the installation of a driver and software on your PC before you can connect the two devices. If this is so, you will have to configure certain settings such as the color, resolution, the number of slides to be scanned at a time and whether you'll be using a slide or negative.

Being a small sized gadget, you can place the scanner on any flat surface such as a desk. The next step is to insert the USB cable to your computer before switching on the device. Now you need to get the slides from their frame and place them into the slide cartridge. You have to be careful, though, when handling them so as not to leave any fingerprint and make sure that they're free from dust and dirt as well. After that, insert the slide cartridge to the scanner and check the images first according to your preference. Once you're okay with the exposure, you can then push the scan button to capture your image.

Slides can actually be scanned at different resolution levels. In other words, you can adjust the resolution to the size of the image you want printed and to your specific purpose such as for photo sharing on the internet through email, social networking sites or for making videos. Just remember that the bigger the size you want, the higher will be the resolution required. An important thing to keep in mind as well is to always preview your images before scanning to save time.

The slide converter can scan old film negatives and slides up to 1,829 dpi and save them as Jpeg files. What's for sure is that your images will be stored in its original form and you can do whatever you want with them using your computer. You can either email them and share with your friends, print them for souvenir purposes or for gift giving to your loved ones or you can even turn them into movies which you can pass on to the next generation. This is the beauty of digital technology.

This article is brought to you by Gloria Smith of 35mmSlideScanner.org. Learn more about using a slide scanner and see our top picks for the best 35mm slide scanner.

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