Cleaning Old Slides
Wednesday 1 May 2013 — Category: Miscellaneous
Early last year — all the way back in February 2012 — I wrote an article about a project to clean and scan about 2,000 of my old slides, taken between 1976 and 1986. I won’t repeat myself here — you can read all the details about the cleaning materials and process in Reviving Old Slides.
Unfortunately for this noble project, 2012 was a very intensive photographic year, which left no time or energy to deal with the photographic endeavors of my ancient past. However, I recently got all caught up with my huge backlog of photos, after which I spent a couple of weeks totally revamping this Web site. Once all that was accomplished, it was time to turn my sights on the next big project.
Rather than immediately setting out on more photo outings, like I did last year, I’m feeling more motivated to take care of my unfinished old slides project. So over the weekend I dug out my slides and the special cleaning supplies I had purchased last year, and first thing Monday morning I set to work.
By noon today I had finished wiping each side of about 1,200 slides! I had to keep my window open and two fans going to circulate the noxious fumes from the cleaning solution away from me. But all in all it wasn’t a bad as I had imagined it would be. Now that stage of the project is complete.
Next, I need to scan all of the approximately 2,030 slides, which will probably take a good number of weeks. After that I will process the photos — in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop — which I want to present. Many of them will be available for viewing on my Brian Byrd’s Old Photos Web site, which will need a total revamp as well. Most likely I will also make a Blurb book out of some of the images, for both myself and other relatives.
Well, time waits for no man, and I have a lot on my plate, so I had better get back to work!
For the rest of this story, see What I’ve Learned Scanning 2,000 Slides.