taking dig. pics of projected slides - Need tips

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Doug Chadduck, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. I have hundreds of my wife's family pictures in slide carosells.
    As probably 97% of them are nothing special, photograph wise, I thought
    I'd try projecting them and taking a digital photo of the projected
    image. I've heard of this being quite adequate for most old pics but
    can't find any discussion of the mechanics of it.

    How big should the projected image be?
    How close to the projector should the camera be?
    Are there problems with it being to close and getting
    light from the projector?
    We have a Kodak 6 MP with a fair number of different settings choices.
    Landscape? Close-up? 3x optical zoom. Use it? No?

    Could probably come up with lots more questions and surely will when I
    get an evening when I feel like tackling the first round. Was just
    curious what others may have found in the ways of dos and donts.

    I've scanned a couple thousand of my slides with maybe that many to go.
    TEDIOUS work. Selected pics from my wife's family will be rescanned on
    the scanner. She has a Christmas project she wants to work on with the
    pictures and neither of us has the energy to try to scan them all.

    Doug Chadduck, Jun 17, 2007
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  2. Doug Chadduck wrote
    Really, this is by far the easiest way of doing it ....


    Chris Gilbert, Jun 17, 2007
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  3. Could be slick if our camera had screw on lenses. Ours is the basic
    point and shoot.
    Doug Chadduck, Jun 17, 2007
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Better to cut out the projection screen and just shoot the slides - all
    you need is something to hold them and a diffuse white light behind
    them, and you'll get a much better tonal range. I wonder if you could
    remove the lens from the projector and stick the camera in front of it
    on a tripod. If the camera has a remote shutter facility you could
    stick it in a box in the top of which you've cut a 24x36mm hole, put the
    slide on top and shine a halogen desk lamp through some tissue or
    similar to illuminate it. Just use macro focus and zoom so the slide
    fills the frame.
    Rob Morley, Jun 18, 2007
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    cweiler1 Guest

    Hi Doug,

    Project your image onto screen.

    Your distance from screen will depend on size of projected image.
    Probably 5 to 20 feet would be good.

    Frame the image through your viewfinder (if the camera doesn' have a
    viewfinder - than use the LCD.

    Take the shot like any other shot. Hold your camera steady or use a
    tripod. There should be sufficient light from projected image so that
    a flash is not needed (or wanted).

    Camera setting? Try portrait and some others and see which one gives
    suitable results.

    Then, you have to make the decision of how good the results are and if
    you are satisfied.

    I have done this at seminars and talks where spaker has projected
    images onto screen.

    Good luck and have some fun,

    cweiler1, Jun 18, 2007
  6. Hello Doug:

    I thought my Kodak 6490 was "point and shoot" also. But it has screw
    threads inside the housing, between the body and the lens. So the
    slidecopier attaches to the camera body and you can use the lens to focus
    and zoom to fit the slide to the area of the sensor. In-other-words, you
    can "fill the frame" even zoom and crop. I can even capture 2"x2" super
    slides and the Instamatic slides. (Can't do super slides on Nikon scanner.)

    The worst problem with slidecopier is getting each slide "straight" or
    square with the camera sensor.

    My solution was the Pacific Image 3650 because it also has Digital ICE and
    ROC and automatic advance, etc. Only problem is you must load and unload
    the slides onto the Braun carousel or magazine (One is 100 slides the other
    is 50). PS 3650 is still faster and better than "slide copier" for a large
    number of slides. For small lots (under 50) for a friend, I use the slide
    copier and Kodak 6490. For large lots (over 50) especially for myself, I
    use the Pacific Image 3650.

    Cordially yours,

    YOUNG SNODGRASS, Jun 18, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Beware if not using a proper projection screen, there can be a bright
    central hot spot reflection. This was the problem I had when I tried
    this. It was OK for my purposes but far from ideal.
    Paul Furman, Jun 24, 2007
  8. That I've got. Inherited it with the slides and an ancient dead projector.
    Doug Chadduck, Jun 24, 2007
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