I am possibly the world's worst photographer. Still, I have slides that I would like to have digitized - most taken with a point and shoot camera in the late '70's on a trip with my grandmother. It was dark and rainy, but hey, it was a once in a lifetime trip, so I took lots of dim and more or less black slides.
Professional conversion felt too pricey for low quality slides. So one evening I tried to see what could be done at home with my point and shoot digital camera..
Step 1: Materials Needed
1-A light or light box. I use an unmounted under-cabinet fluorescent unit. It's my "portable light box" for viewing slides.
2- A piece of aluminum foil big enough to cover the light surface
3- A roll of toilet paper and a roll of paper towels
5- A digital camera
6- tape, scissors, and a knife
7- A piece of black paper - optional
Step 2: Cut Enough Foil to Cover the Light
Step 3: Mark and Cut a Hole Slightly Larger Than the Film Area of the Slide.
Step 4: Tape the Foil to the Light Frame
Step 5: Mark the Correct Slide Placement Over the Hole.
Step 6: Put It All Together
Put your slide over it
Put your TP roll over tthe slide so you can see the image in the tube
Put your camera into the tube and see what kind of an image you have.
This is where you play with focus or any other settings on your camera. My camera has normal, close up and super close up settings. I use super close up while in the portrait setting
Depending on your camera, the TP roll may be too short for your focus. If it is, you need to cut a roll of paper towels to fit instead. Starting with the TP, figure out how much more height you need to focus. (you can put paperback books under the TP to try out different heights.) You probably won't need more than another inch or two.
Cut the paper towels to the length of the TP PLUS whatever additional height you need. To cut the paper towels use a carving knife and long slicing strokes. Turn the roll as you cut toward the tube and finally through it.. Brush off any crumbs