I have a Lightbox I bought maybe 12 years ago or so which I used to draw. Would that work?
Should work just fine. I did that a few months back, just using my iPhone 13 Pro Max. If you have a small stand for your phone, that helps with precision framing and eliminates motion blur. (I activated the 3 sec timer.) I also blacked out areas outside of the slide so that the exposure metering didn’t get confused.
The 1x lens in macro mode was what I used. Don’t forget your dust blower. Lots of small specks may have accumulated over the years, and I sure didn’t see them before I looked at the new photo.
Thanks for the terrific advice!
I’m not sure I understand the part about the 1x lens.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max has 3 lenses on the back, the 3x zoom, the 0.5x wide angle and the “normal” 1x lens. The 1x is the highest quality of the three and it also has macro capability.
Gotcha! I’d love one of those phones… for the camera! Thanks.
Both are critical SW for me. Procreate to feed my artist side and Goodnotes to replace my paper clipboard.
For 35 mm film slides you can rent or in my case buy a SlideSnap I have over 30K slides to digitize so it was worht it for me. Plus I have access to an appropriate digital camera for capture and I had my old MicroNikor Nikon lens.
1 80 slide carousel will take between 2.75-4.1 hours to scan and intake. Intake includes inclusion into Lightroom with a lot of metadata included. Scan includes cleaning the slides which can vary from quick dust off with canned air or an antistatic brush to proper cleaning with appropriate solvents, gloves and disposable wipes, depends on how dirty and what the contaminants are.
Years ago I bought an Epson Perfection V300 Photo scanner. It included a special tray and a backlight built into the scanner for slides. It could hold 4 slides or a strip of negatives and one time. So, not fast but really did a great job. I used Image Capture on my Mac. There are used ones on Ebay but I would worry about the quality and if they do not have the special tray it would be useless for this. I see that Epson has a lot of newer options. I think all these suggestions should be considered based upon how many slides you want to scan.
I’ve also scanned slides with an Epson Perfection V300 Photo. The special tray and lighting are necessary and seem to do a good job. Even better was that it would automatically select each negative or slide, so one pass would create multiple files. This makes scanning significantly faster.
I haven’t used it for slides since the move to 64-bit apps, so it’s possible that this feature of the software didn’t survive.
In the early days of the Apple Pencil I tried both Notability and GoodNotes. Both had excellent Apple Pencil tracking and similar functionality — with Notability having the extra addition of being able to record. (I would have loved that feature when I was in college!)
In the end, I settled on GoodNotes because it was a bit simpler and had everything I needed. Since then, I’ve come to appreciate the other features like making my own papers (custom notebook paper) and presentation mode where I can direct a laser-pointer like pointer with the apple pencil (excellent for giving webinar presentations). I think it lacks in its ability to present/organize when you have a lot of notebooks, but it’s functional.
Notability has more bells and whistles, but I mostly do handwriting notes, so a lot of that is wasted on me. If I’m going to draw, I use Procreate. It’s a much better environment for sketching.
Occasionally I use Notes, if I only need one “piece of paper” for a digital sketch. It’s a notes app, not a notebook app.
basically, I just want to access two rolls of film. I don’t mind spending some money, but not a lot.
Thanks, Margaret. I’ll see what I can find!
Waaay back when the first iPad was out I started using Notability. The record function came in handy in management meetings. One time (I was the HR Manager) we made a decision on a staff member and there was disagreement in what we’d “agreed”. Easy, pull up the recording. Found the exact place through the notes and listened back. I was the only one with an iPad and the exec were like: holy sh!t that’s good. [iPads began their proliferation]
For only 2 rolls I’d send the slides out toa high end reputable scanner. I’d us eone that does all work here and does notsend the slides out of country. It will cost more per slide but still less than the other options presented.
When I evaluated slide scanning places the one that kept rising to the top was Digmypics
Here’s a good article o how to decide what resolution to scan at.
Thank you so very much, Oogie!
I am going to chime in on this a little right here. I have been a Good Notes user for years but recently I tried Notes Writer Pro and it has really grown on me. The biggest thing has been the ability to write in pencil instead of pen. My handwriting seems to be neater and it just looks cleaner over all. Just my personal preference as Good Notes is the king of the App Store for sure.
Thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely take a look at both
What does this mean? Apologies if it’s obvious. Can you post a screenshot?
Wow I totally have had my head down working the past month and realize I never responded. So Notes Writer Pro allows you to format your writing to look like you wrote with a pencil or a pen. It uses the default “writing tools” like Notes.app. I think their recognition is better than Good Notes because even writing in pen is neater in Notes Writer Pro. Check the screen shots.
I see what you mean! Thanks for posting those. I’ll have to play with the app.