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    It sure is! To think about chasing after a toddler in those shoes!

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    Wonderful Photo! Had to go back and check out the shoes after the comment about toddler and shoes.
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    I recently scanned in many thousands of *prints* with a nice scanner that would allow me to put in stacks of 32 or so, and that did a reasonable job at automatically color-correcting them and removing dust/scratches.

    I have a lot of old slides and negatives that I'd like to scan in at some point. Whenever I've investigated services that do so, the cost has been prohibitive for my volume. I am waiting until I feel motivated to purchase a decent film/slide scanner that can do bulk production work, it's not a terribly urgent project. The technology and software are improving quite a bit every year, and the price is dropping, so patience may produce better results.

    This is all a bit easier now that I have a data storage and workflow setup for images for my astrophotography work, so I can semi-automate some of the necessary edit stages if required.

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    Your astrophotagraphy work is gorgeous, and I imagine you are getting several photoproduction tools as you progress.

    Is there a cheap basic slide scanner you would recommend, more for the personal archiving standpoint? That was where I started, thinking I would get a slide scanner first, then involve the professional scanners--but then we discarded a lot and are down to a much smaller number.

    Still, I like ordering them and cataloguing them at home, as I can plug along and think about what I am seeing.

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    Another option: This popped up on FB--they're eavesdropping again. Not sure if it's useful or affordable, but it's interesting.

    https://www.familyhistoryhero.com

    I've also seen iPhone scanning apps that make "scanning" as simple as taking a picture of the pictures.
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    Thank you, Catherine!

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    I actually got this brand of just photo scanner years ago. Apparently they also make scanners for slides and negatives:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/25520516846...iABEgK2VvD_BwE

    Not very expensive, but I know mine - while being VERY low tech and easy to use - works well. I also use it to digitize documents and other paperwork I need to email, etc.
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    I have an older but relatively expensive consumer grade scanner (Epson 2450) and have used it to scan slides and negatives from 35mm, 120 and 4X5 film. I does an acceptable job, but when I inherited a bunch of family slides I went with a professional scanning service. Depending on one's level of quality acceptance the cheaper home scanners just don't deliver the quality I would like to preserve family or other valuable memories, but some may differ. I might even quibble about some scanning lab quality. Home scanning is time consuming and requires dust removal and sometimes color correction and sharpening, all of which a scanning service can do with high end equipment. There just asn't much of a market for decent film scanners these days.

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    That looks interesting, happystuff. Rogar, I may try something simple like that and then take the keepers to be professionally scanned and corrected.

    I have seen prices of 37 cents with Scan Cafe and 60 cent with Everpresent.

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    The suggestion I make to anyone considering a large digitization project like this is to consider where the images (or videos, whatever) are going. Physically scanning, auditing (for quality) and editing (color correction, fixing dust spots and paper damage, straightening, etc.), and cataloging the images in a way someone unknown could use to find a particular picture or those of an event or individual... It's a lot of painstaking work. You wouldn't want to do that much work only to have the hoped-for target audience sniff around it for a few hours and move on.

    For that matter, not every image needs to exist ad infinitum. How many pictures are needed to give people the flavor of Uncle Al's 70th birthday? Or of Aunt Louise's succession of 4-H animals? Curation is not a bad thing. In a world inundated with images, the best ones will survive. People digitizing randomly can defeat their purpose by making the completed project a magnum opus that others avoid out of the sheer bulk.
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