Jim Leask on Digitizing Slides with a DSLR

 

The feature speaker at our April meeting  will be Jim Leask who will be speaking about

Taking Pictures of Pictures — Digitizing slides with a DLSR.

Jim is a software engineer and an enthusiastic amateur photographer. He started photography in the ’70s with a Nikon FE film camera, and a manual focus lens. He was always “the guy with the big camera” at events, and also liked nature photography. He learned the creative and technical skills for photography with film, then transferred these concepts to digital and digital processing.

He became interested in converting slides to digital format after the world trip He and his wife went on where they took over 10,000 slides. They had countless slides of family and events from earlier years too, but they were all locked away in a format that was difficult to use. They never saw those pictures.

He purchased a slide scanner, but found it was far too slow to process each slide so it was never used. When the full/crop frame digital cameras came along, he  investigated the idea of taking pictures of pictures. He found that worked very well.

Presentation Outline

This presentation will show how he uses his DLSR to digitize slides.

There are two main objectives while digitizing:

1) Image Quality

  • Obtain the best digital copy of the slide as possible

2) Speed

  • – so the project actually happens!

He will cover the following topics:

  • Camera gear (the camera, lens, and slide adapter)
  • Camera settings (F-Stop, shutter speed, and why)
  • Focus (settings to get good focus)
  • Lighting source and white balance (how to illuminate the slide for good colour)
  • Lightroom (capturing directly to Lightroom and cataloguing images)
  • the workflow (show captures in action – approx. 10 seconds / slide)
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