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Vintage Travel Slides Restoration Project

I use these images after i restore them (not all have been worked on) in filtered photoshopped artwork.    There may be a slide or two in here from mexico.  Hard to tell.  the tray with morocco was very small and mixed slides were in it as well.  All trays are now scanned and the slides themselves are combined into ONE BOX so we will never have their context again.   Have to go to storage.  one box better than six boxes.  The scans were done In order left in trays .  we looked at the slides with my grandfather at least once after 1983 but before 1989.  Then My dad did a couple tray projector slide shows without changing order in the 1990's.  I scanned in order found in the slide trays, but never really could figure out what slide one was. I scanned them in about 2014 for the second time ( did two trays 73 and 68 in like 98 or so, but i pulled them one at a time and put them back in the trays where i found them.  Circular projector trays. Held about 200 slides each.  They were basement kept almost 30 years. Many were damaged.

Here is a map story done over at  : enjoy.. going to work on these and interview dad for info to pair with the images and also put the travel journals in an image context as i read them  I have five hand written travel journals: over 200 pages each.  1967-1973



Here is a brief run down of how you too, can restore or preserve older slides.  I believe they stopped making slide film some time ago, but trips before a certain age were popularly reproduced exclusively on slides and let me tell you, the projectors of old are dangerously hot.  Bulbs go 'cinema paridisso' on you sometimes. Always try to plan for possibly printing when scanning.  scan at at least 300dpi.  If you have older scans at 180, dpi should print fine up to 11x 17 and you may want to run topaz crisp from the clean filter on them  you can use this as a photoshop plug-in.  It self installs once you have photoshop installed.  Topaz also works in a standalone program, but its pricey to collect all of them. 

I bought a simple flatbed scanner years ago and tried scanning with transparency inserts.  This ended up having ghosting of the transparency half the time.  as if the image had four layers or were trying to be a old stereo type.  This does not do well for the numbers I had to deal with.  What worked best was an ION slide scanner.  I had two.  one portable with a sd card and one usb.  The one portable turned out to have the BEST scans. My computer has an sd card slot reader, but you can buy usb sd card readers and import them right to your computer then.I ran filters and used the heal tool from the 10$ a month subscription to the photographer's photoshop from Adobe.  I also use the dust and scratches filter in photoshop.  You have to toggle the radius right to get the size particles removed that you have.  That is usually step 1.  Step 2:  heal tool.  Spots on most places go away.  You can even remove people.  The brush has to be slider-ed up to the size you want to use. Step 3: localized fixing, use the lasso tool from photoshop and draw a marquee around the area out of sorts with the rest of the image.  . Go to the selection menu and edit the feather range to 30 or 50 pixels.  This takes away any hard lines from the adjustment.  Then, while the marque is actively rotating your selection border, apply a filter or image adjustment. Step 4.Topaz clean "crisp"  works very well here.  If you have iso texture or grainy  just amateur photo lighting, run topaz clean> crisp on it. For sharpening, you May want to try THIS before running topaz on some images just a tad out of focus or more.  There is a certain level of fuzzy you just can't fix, but for reasonably well framed images: try using the photoshop filter under sharpen> unsharp mask.  It works best.  The radius refers to number of pixels the filter is applied to I use no more than 7 pixel radius, 4 pixel on most for a 300 dpi slide scan.  Then you play with the other sliders till you get the edge you want.  When you get a bluish gray shadow on edges, you have gone too far.  Toggle the other sliders back till this disappears in order to keep it crisp.  THEN run Topaz clean on it. Clean also helps to de-pixelate older scans from before they made things like the ion scanner.  smooths out pixel junk. Also if you want to enlarge older scans: use ON 1 RESIZE for a big project if you want lossless enlargements. Note:  you don't need  large resizing in most cases for hd screen presentations.  Only for printing.  Unless you looked at them on a retina screen that you are casting to a smart board, I wouldn't bother if you don't plan on printing them. It has a fractal engine that rewrites the pixel interpolation. Best one if you want good high def and you for example, scanned with a flatbed at 72 dpi 20 years ago. Cost is about 120$ . To make these handy little slide shows on a windows computer, I use windows 10 home.  You just right click on the files all highlighted in a row and the top option is to create a video FROM.  It sends them to the photos video editor as a video slide show and you can add music available  from the program.  Youtube allows you to file share video between emails, social networks and whatnot so they can stream it, and not fill up their email accounts with video files. Youtube puts a copyright claim on sound files usually half the time because it has a copyright sound search database, but that just means you can't monetize the video. However, Some of the more popular songs get an immediate block or even a pulled take down... so TRY not to add things like The beatles, to you slide show. Then youtube HAS an embed code to iframe into any web page, just click the share button on the video page and go to embed: copy and paste into your html on wordpress or whatever.   

Remember when publicly posting images, even of possibly living people:  There is some kind of rule (unless you carried model release forms with you on your trip)  It goes something like :  No recognizable persons from a distance of under 30 or 40 perceived feet or yards. I did my best to edit these, but my grandfather seemed aware of this as he was photographing.  Did very well at not grabbing too many stranger close ups.  So be careful.  Some cultures dislike photographs being circulated of street passersby that they may have been unaware of the photographer being in.

The slides were mostly photographed by my grandfather; my grandmother did't touch cameras till about 1985.  Some by my father. Have over 1000 images up in short two minute videos. I hope to figure out stories and places for more of these.  My dad can identify the place on 60-70% of them. He may be narrating a story series for his at some point too. Follow the Travel Journal Video Blog, where i read from the five journals written on their trips that were month long tours. 1967-73 At: