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Old 01-30-2020, 03:14 PM   #11
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When my father died a couple of years ago, I transmitted a bunch of slides to digital, and looked at them once.


Me sitting on big brothers lap as a young lad.
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How much older was Big brother?
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7 or 8 years older? Looks sort of like a Norman Rockwell, an all American nuclear family. We had 8 kids in the family, so we recycled all of our clothes, that is why my pants are 10x too big. Another thing, growing up in a big family thickens the skin, and makes you much more independent. In a pack, it is survival of the fittest.
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It's conventional wisdom among photographers that those who suffer home loss due to fire regret most the loss of their family albums. Nearly everything else is replaceable.

It's relatively easy to photograph prints with a modern digital camera and the results are usually quite satisfying. Best done outdoors on a cloudy day.

35mm slides are more difficult, usually requiring a macro lens to image them successfully. Macro lenses are fairly cheap have many other uses. You may also try reversing the lens, manually aligning it in the lens mount to allow temporary macro function.

By far the most difficult media to digitize will be the movies. Re-photographing them with a projector is by far the easiest, but may result in disappointing quality due to exposure variations resulting in flicker. You may be able to triage the movies by viewing them directly to see if they're worthwhile digitizing. Use a big magnifier or one of your lenses held backwards to view the tiny imagery. A cheap USB microscope would also work really well for imaging or viewing single 8mm frames.

This project would be like shooting time lapse. You never know what you'll get until you shoot it.
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7 or 8 years older? Looks sort of like a Norman Rockwell, an all American nuclear family. We had 8 kids in the family, so we recycled all of our clothes, that is why my pants are 10x too big. Another thing, growing up in a big family thickens the skin, and makes you much more independent. In a pack, it is survival of the fittest.
It does look like Norman Rockwell lithograph.

I didn't have pack, the wolves abandoned me and lone sheepdog since. Good Sheepdogs eat wolves.

The jerk who, by the unfortunate consequence of birth, my big brother, six years older. When I entered elementary school K-6, he had entered junior high, 7-9. As a result the age disparity, I was the pesky little brother he tormented and didn't want hanging around. As a result, never developed a close relationship...any relationship. Fortunately, from 7th grade on, I rarely saw him. As we grew older, the only time he would call is when he wanted something. As a result, I don't answer or return his call and haven't talked in years. A good thing.

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It's conventional wisdom among photographers that those who suffer home loss due to fire regret most the loss of their family albums. Nearly everything else is replaceable.

It's relatively easy to photograph prints with a modern digital camera and the results are usually quite satisfying. Best done outdoors on a cloudy day.

35mm slides are more difficult, usually requiring a macro lens to image them successfully. Macro lenses are fairly cheap have many other uses. You may also try reversing the lens, manually aligning it in the lens mount to allow temporary macro function.

By far the most difficult media to digitize will be the movies. Re-photographing them with a projector is by far the easiest, but may result in disappointing quality due to exposure variations resulting in flicker. You may be able to triage the movies by viewing them directly to see if they're worthwhile digitizing. Use a big magnifier or one of your lenses held backwards to view the tiny imagery. A cheap USB microscope would also work really well for imaging or viewing single 8mm frames.

This project would be like shooting time lapse. You never know what you'll get until you shoot it.

I bought a converter that you put each slide in, and it recorded it to an SD card. Did not have to do any film conversion. OTOH, my stepson had my wife's fathers movies put on DVD by some photo shop.
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It's conventional wisdom among photographers that those who suffer home loss due to fire regret most the loss of their family albums. Nearly everything else is replaceable.

It's relatively easy to photograph prints with a modern digital camera and the results are usually quite satisfying. Best done outdoors on a cloudy day.

35mm slides are more difficult, usually requiring a macro lens to image them successfully. Macro lenses are fairly cheap have many other uses. You may also try reversing the lens, manually aligning it in the lens mount to allow temporary macro function.

By far the most difficult media to digitize will be the movies. Re-photographing them with a projector is by far the easiest, but may result in disappointing quality due to exposure variations resulting in flicker. You may be able to triage the movies by viewing them directly to see if they're worthwhile digitizing. Use a big magnifier or one of your lenses held backwards to view the tiny imagery. A cheap USB microscope would also work really well for imaging or viewing single 8mm frames.

This project would be like shooting time lapse. You never know what you'll get until you shoot it.
Times are a changing. I remember about 20 years ago, just prior to digital explosion, the news did a story about an old man, a photographer, who was going blind and wanted to give away for free, all of his equipment to a youngster interested in the profession. The problem was, all of his stuff was 40+ years old. They showed all the chemical trays, projectors, cameras, drying racks, etc. Now, mere relics of a bygone era.
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Times are a changing. I remember about 20 years ago, just prior to digital explosion, the news did a story about an old man, a photographer, who was going blind and wanted to give away for free, all of his equipment to a youngster interested in the profession. The problem was, all of his stuff was 40+ years old. They showed all the chemical trays, projectors, cameras, drying racks, etc. Now, mere relics of a bygone era.
I hear you.

I had my Dad's cameras, glass trays, etc. in the basement. My DIL is a photographer. I gave all of it to her to use as she wanted. Most all of it became memorabilia props for display. Times have changed.

My daughter and son made me aware of how easy and effective it is to take pictures of pictures with a cell phone camera. The results are as good as some of the copy stand work when I was helping a photographer with some historic photos, and much less setup/expense.

We lost much of my Dad's hoarded memorabilia when my wicked old step mother moved out with his things. Actually she wasn't wicked, is my step mother, but is now old. She really a nice woman. In some ways it is probably good that some/most of the things are gone. Otherwise I'd probably just add the stuff to my hoard.

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