I can transfer your slides to Tiff or Jpeg files so that you can download them on your PC or view them on a DVD player. Please note that I can only transfer 35mm slides or negatives, nothing larger.
The Tiff file type is a very popular, transportable file that can be used in most page layout applications on both Macintosh and Windows computers. Tiff stands for Tagged Image File Format, and it contains not only image data, but an image preview that can be used by many other applications. Colour management profiles, recognisable by other applications, are embedded in a Tiff file. Tiff files are much larger than Jpeg files (about 56 MB per image!) as they are not compressed. These files are very suitable for transferring from either a USB memory stick or DVD onto your computer. I do tend to restrict the file size to approx 10MB.
A Jpeg file type is a compressed, transportable file. Jpeg stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group. The compression results in a much smaller file size, but this can result in a very slight loss of quality. I have minimised compression to get the best possible image clarity and the images are excellent. These files are best for viewing straight from the CD or memory stick to your TV. and for transferring onto your computer. Jpegs have a file size of approx 3 to 4MB per image.
Some DVD players will only play Jpeg pictures on your TV straight from a CD, NOT from a DVD. You need to check your machine to see whether you need a CD or DVD.
The quality of the images very much depends on how good the quality of the slides are. If the original slide is out of focus, then the jpeg image will also be out of focus, in fact it will be worse as the picture is blown up to a much larger size. It also depends on the quality of the camera used. An old instamatic camera will produce a quite satisfactory slide viewed on a projector screen, but will not produce a high quality jpeg image. If a good quality camera was used, the chances of a high quality image are much greater. If you are in doubt, why not take advantage of my offer of a free sample of 5 of your slides.
I will use Jpeg images as standard, unless specifically requested to use Tiff format.
I have two Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 scanners for 35mm slides and negatives. The quality is excellent (this also depends on the quality of the slide/negative). Every slide is individually scanned using these high-end vertical scanners built specifically for slides and negatives. The quality is far superior to a flat-bed system.
A word of warning: very dark slides/negatives are very difficult to convert. It produces a picture, but the quality is not very good.
For photographs I use the top of the range Canon 9000F Mark II Professional Scanner.
I use ICE4 technology (the latest) , which gives crisp, sharp and high quality pictures. It also removes dust and scratches. The machines first scans the slide, then scans it with infrared, then scans it again removing any small scratches, dust and small blemishes. Dust and scratches show up particularly in sky sections of photos, so I use this technology as standard when scanning slides.
If the slides are of very poor quality and are damaged or heavily scratched, I will warn you.
Please remove any glass from the slides. If it is not removed, I will scan the slide with the glass on, as it is too time-consuming to remove and replace the glass. Please note that you may not get a very good picture when the glass is not removed.
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Your slides, photographs and negatives are priceless and you need to know they are going to be transferred to CD/DVD at the highest standard. If you have over 100 slides or negatives and want to sample the quality, please send five 35mm slides/negatives and request a free sample.