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Quick Start Tip: Using your laptop as a slide light table
See Video 618
To view your slides on a light table, all you need is a bright, backlit surface. Your laptop can do this. Just open something that will make the screen all white – Chris uses Notepad. Then turn the brightness up as far as it will go.
If your laptop converts to tablet mode, do that. If it doesn’t you can turn it over so that the screen is flat on the table and the keyboard is sticking up.
You can also use an iPad or other tablet – open an app that will make the screen white, like “Notes”.
We are following the social distancing guidelines during this CoronaVirus Pandemic and staying home. Fort Lauderdale, Florida is not a bad place to be “stuck.” Spring has sprung, the weather is warm and the flowers are beautiful. We did have to cancel our big dive trip, but the boat gave us a voucher and the airfare was refunded. We are continuing all our normal work with our website and this YouTube show.
Our purpose for teaching this topic is not only to give you instructions on how to digitize your old slides, but also to give you something to do while you are following the #stayhome directives for the Coronavirus. If you use our method of projecting your slides – we think you’ll have fun.
If you have a closet full of slides that you never look at, it’s time to digitize them and clean out that closet. There are several ways:
The first way is to get some kind of scanning device. This will scan your slides and put them on an SD card, or onto your computer’s hard drive, then you upload them from the computer to your Google Photos account.
The slide scanner pictured here will also scan negative film. The option shown on the right is an attachment for your own digital SLR camera. If you use that, make sure you have a good source of light to show up the slide. We have not actually used these devices, but we’ve read reviews and listed some products on our Amazon store in the Video and Photo Stuff list.
There are lots of services for scanning slides. We like Costco because with just one final click, everything they scan will be sent to your Google Photos account. They even do old VCR tapes as well (See Episode 172) and put the videos in your Google Photos. I found prices ranging from .25 to $1.00 per slide. The price goes up as you ask for higher resolution.
If quality is your main focus, you might want to find a consultant thru APPO.org – Association of Personal Photo Organizers. You can also find learning materials on that site to help you learn how to digitize your old photo.
We like the fast, fun way. If you have a projector, you can have one last slideshow. Make a bowl of popcorn, pour the wine, and enjoy. When you see a picture that you want to keep, snap a photo of the projected image.
- Camera: you can use your digital SLR on a tripod, but then you’ll need to get them to the computer and upload to Google Photos (unless you have a new camera with built-in WiFi – then the photos can go straight to your phone and up to Google Photos)
- Phone: if you use the camera on your phone, they can immediately be uploaded to Google Photos
- Tripod? if you put your phone on a tripod, you can plug in your earbuds and use the volume buttons as a shutter release. I found hand-holding my phone to be just fine, and it made it easier to switch between vertical and horizontal. If you want a phone tripod, check out our Amazon store, video and photos list.
The beauty of taking the pictures with your phone is that you can immediately improve them using Google Photos and/or Snapseed editing tools.
Google Photos edits: crop and auto-filter
Snapseed edits: darken exposure on the mountains using the brush tool, add blue to sky also with brush tool
Snapseed Online Course at GeeksWhoTeach.com
21:39 Editing Demo
Chris uses her iPad for the demo and points out that the pictures were taken with her Android phone, but since they got uploaded to Google Photos, she can see them on her iPad.
all done with Google Photos – crop, auto-filter, pop
All in Snapseed (it’s a separate app, free from Google)
Healing tool to retouch dust spots, Portrait to smooth skin, brighten eyes
Old, yellowed slides can be improved. Sometimes just the Auto filter in Google Photos is enough, sometimes you need the White Balance adjustment tool in Snapseed.
29:57 Sharing photos with Jim (or anyone)
Chris demonstrates how she can just drag over all the photos that belong to Jim and tap the share icon, then choose Jim from her contacts. He will receive those photos and then he can tap where it says, Save to Library, and those photos will now be in his Google Photos library. Chris can even delete them from her Google Photos if she wants.
You don’t have to change the dates of these photos, but if you want them to show up in your Google Photos timeline according to when in your life they were taken, then you can change the date. In Google Photos it’s easy, in the iOS version or on the Web version. The Android app doesn’t have the date editing feature.
on iOS: open the photo, swipe up and tap on the date. Now you can change it and tap done
on Web: open photos, tap the i for info panel, tap the pencil next to date, make your changes and tap done.
As long as you are using Google Photos to view your photos, those changed dates will be the ones that rule. BUT, if you download that photo to your computer it will revert to the original date. When you change the date in Google Photos you are only changing the date for Google Photos, you are not changing the metadata of the photo.
Changing date in Windows, view the photo and view the detail pane, click on the date and you can change it, then click save.
NOte: if you’re using an Android, you can’t change the date in the Google Photos app, but all you need to do is open a browser and go to the web version of Google Photos – photos.google.com Note: the photos that Chris couldn’t find in 1978 did show up.