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    getting started with old photographs

    Moderator: If this is the wrong forum, please move me!

    I have "discovered" several cartons of photographs, old and new, whilst reorganising my life. Old as in "Taken in the 50s with my mother's Box Brownie", and new as in "Taken last year with my cheap 35mm $35 camera". As well I have about three dozen slides from the seventies.

    I have two new relatives, recently discovered (ages 41 and 28), and it crosses my mind that maybe I should buy hardware (scanner) and before i pastes these photos into my photo albumns, should scan them and issue them in good quality. Otherwise I'll probably make colour photostat copies at great expense, and anyway, I'm not sure what course to take.

    I figure that a scanner is probably $cdn300, and simple software is probably free/cheap (I don't need a professional job).

    If you have struggled with this problem, I'd love to hear from you. Over the years I've been pasting photos in pairs, two per 8.5x11" sheet, with the idea that once they are all paired, it ought to be easy to file them in categories or in sequence. Pasting these historic photos would alienate me from scanning, I would guess.

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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    I don't know that you're in the wrong forum, Chris, since your question is about both hardware and software. You're on the right track though about the scanner. That's the first step. I've been well satisfied with my UMAX and it "only" cost me less than $100 (US) when I bought it. The only problem I've had is that they don't seem to have peripheral scanning software that "works" in WinXP but that doesn't bother me since XP's native condition recognizes the device. Mine is USB, so I don't know anything about parallel models. As for software, I happen to be a big fan of Paint Shop Pro because, although it's not cheap, it's not as high priced as some of the others. Scanning is quite a challenge but it's fun and does allow you much artistic liberty taking. Have a good journey down this road!

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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    Actually Chris, "decent" quality photo scanners are available for around $100 CDN. For example this HP scanner would probably meet your requirements, has a built-in transparency adaptor (for your slides) and basic software included.

    Edited to add: Software and dirvers are available for Win 98 through Win XP
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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    Chris,

    Epson has several scanners of varying prices. I've had an Epson for a couple years and been pleased with it. Software is inlcuded with the scanner.

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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    I agree with Joe, I have a Epson Perfection 1640SU with a negative hood I Paid big <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15> for it but was one of the top of the line at the time.

    We bought the wife a Canon LiDE 30 for about $50 US. It works great but does not do negatives, This includes a Lite copy of Omni Page and a photo editor.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    This is more related to the software side of your project, Chris. I stumbled on this article, whilst trawling for something totally unrelated: The Code Project - Electronic photo album in HTML HELP - WinHelp/HTMLHelp.

    Might give you some ideas, but bear in mind that HTML HELP will only work for those with functioning IE browsers.

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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    I am also researching the best way of converting our old photos & slides to digitised images,

    Have found this site ~ The Virtual Vintage Image that offers quite a number of tips on how to achieve a good result.

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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    Here's another site on scanning that may be helpful.

    Scanning Basics 101 - All about digital images

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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    Thanks, John; prices have come down since last time I looked. Now I still have to work out how I'm going to use it.

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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    Thanks Joe. Did you face the decision of scanning photos as they are, or scanning them pre-mounted (glued) to sheets of 8.5x11 paper?

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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    > but does not do negatives

    Dave, thanks for this. When you say "negatives" do you mean the developed 35mm strips, of which O have millions?

    I ask because I'd not thought of trying to scan those rather than the developed prints. The strips have index numbers on them, and possibly a date/time too. I have held them in their groups.

    Also, by "negatives" do you include the business of scanning slides? I have some slides mounted in cardboard, and some in thicker plastic. In both cases the slide material would be held above the scanner plate by, I suppose, 1mm to 2mm. Makes a problem?

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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    > HTML HELP will only work for those with functioning IE browsers.

    Thanks Alan; that cuts out most of my friends (grin!)

    I wasn't thinking of web-based display, as much as a means of reproducing family photos to issue to two relatives, (UK and Aus.) without spending a load of time and money at the local printshop.

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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    thanks for this link. It's a keeper, and has been bookmarked. I began reading the essay on 72dpi and couldn't stop.

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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    It'll work if you change epages to freepages.

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    Re: getting started with old photographs

    Another hans-free solution! Thanks Hans!!

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