I was poking around in the garage and found a small box of 24 slides I had taken, maybe around 1990. They're a mix of my old HO layout and real trains.
Is there any inexpensive way to transfer them to my computer? I tried using my scanner, but simply putting them on the flatbed is not the way to do it.
My Epson (don't have the model number at my office) came with attachments to scan slides (four at a time) as well as color or B/W negative strips. I scan the slides at 2400 dpi which is a little slow but gives very good detail even when you blow the pics up beyond 8 x 10. One of my long-term projects when I finally retire is to go through my slides and scan in the "good" ones so I can reclaim some significant closet space.
If you have a light box you might try putting that over the slides on the flatbed scanner to get light to pass through, another way is to reshoot them with a digital camera using a light box or an opaque cover over a very bright photo flood type lamp. Also if none of that works most photo labs can scan them professionally for you for a couple of dollars and put the resulting digital files onto a DVD.
With so few to do, the best option might be to let the pros do it, like Chriss said. I have used my scanner, which I bought specifically to do old photos and slides. It was cheap and came with a frame for pics and slides. Does amazing work.
I have also simply projected the image on a screen and photographed that. Better than nothing.
I use an Epson. It is the cheapest they do with the facility to scan transparencys. Software adjusts for positive or negative. It has a carrier for 6 negatives or four slides.
There is a light on the inside of the lid. I have found it works as well as specialist scanners up to around 2400dpi.
I usually use it with Photoshop elements and it scans straight for editing.
With a bit of fiddling I also scan 120 film. These need to be done in two passes and then 'welded' together with the panorama tool in Photoshop Elements, 7 in my case. With a bit of practice works quite well.
I have tried scanning transparency material on a basic scanner with bit of translucent plastic over the film. Surprisingly the light used over this needs to quite bright and even. Results were a bit mixed. Worth a try if you are into experiments.
One day I might finish something................. find out if I do at my own paid for site (under construction) http://www.picsntech.co.uk