Film Scanners

Having recently embarked upon the task of transferring all my MiniDV footage to iMovie and the MP4 format, before the tapes themselves go bad or the little Sony camera no longer functions — more on the lost nature of my Sony MiniDisks some other time, I find myself wondering about the boxes of slides and film negatives also in my possession, some of which holds either memories quite dear to me or material that could serve my own research and teaching or that of others.

To address this issue, I started looking around for what is the current state of film scanners and what the pricing looks like. [B&H has a nice survey][], which runs the gamut in price and quality of scan — and the two are closely tied, of course. I wish it were otherwise, but it looks like the lower-end Plusteks, which run about $300 or so, are about where I am headed. Does anyone have any advice? Some of my university’s units used to have film scanners, but I don’t know how well they’ve been maintained over the years, and in at least one case, it was a SCSI device. (Good luck finding a connector for that these days — I tried recently, out of curiosity, to revive the first external hard drive I ever owned, a LaCie with, I think a whopping 10MB inside something the size of a cigar box.)

[B&H has a nice survey]:

Instant Harbor

An amazing D-Day photograph, ostensibly of a road leading into Normandy, but, really, what draws my eye is the harbor-like nature of what’s happening near the shore:

D-Day Road and Harbor

D-Day Road and Harbor

(Of course, I love the presence of the Cromwell and Sherman tanks in the foreground, too.)

Moleskine Photo Books

[Moleskine is now offering custom photo books]( They look quite nice, if also a little more expensive than similar books printed elsewhere. If anyone order one, let me know what the quality is like. I’m intrigued. They’re offering 25% for the time being, which brings their pricing into the realm of competitive.

Adobe TV

To my mind, Adobe has some of the most extensive educational materials for their products of any producer I’ve seen. While I don’t find their large library to be all that well organized — I really do feel like I stumble upon some of their best stuff — what’s in the library is pretty amazing. I’ve just spent part of my morning going through the [Lightroom for Travel Photography]( series. Lots of great videos, ranging in length from 3 to 12 minutes, that give you insight into various features of Lightroom that you might not necessarily understand from working with the app in your daily workflow. There is also [Learn Lightroom 4]( and [The Complete Picture with Julieanne Kost]( And that’s just Lightroom 4.