Choosing A Good Slide Scanner Is As Easy As 1-2-3! (Or Is It?)

By: Craig Thornburrow

If you are in the art industry at all, you are well aware of just how important a good slide scanner can be for business. Whether you are an art student looking to get credit for work or a starving artist looking to get noticed, slides are an integral part of the art experience. With that said, there is no good artist without some type of slide scanner to work with.

Who knows? You may be one of those artists who are completely anti-technology. You prefer to have your paint brush in your hand and anything past a cell phone is too much technology for you. Does that sound familiar to you? If so, it is okay that you don't like to deal much with technology. What is not okay is your refusal to get with the times. If you expect to have a website or sell your stuff online or be able to work with your art and slides on the computer at all, the responsibility is on you to pick out a good slide scanner.

How Much is Too Much for a Slide Scanner?

As far as price is concerned, you get what you pay for with a slide scanner.

You can get one for $300, but you can also get one for $3,000. They get higher, too. There are slide scanners out there that are worth $6,000 and more! Of course, if you hardly use the pieces of computer equipment that you have now, a slide scanner that is worth $6,000 is probably not that necessary—at least to you.

The more expensive pieces of slide scanner equipment out there are in use by studios and art schools, so depending on what you do and how you use technology, the cheaper slide scanner may be a better idea for your use.

What to Look For in a Slide Scanner

The purpose of a slide scanner is to scan slides. This means that clarity is a huge issue to take into consideration when choosing a slide scanner. There is nothing more frustrating than not having your computer versions of the slides that you made come out as lovely as the original slides or the pieces of art themselves. Choosing a quality slide scanner can prevent that frustration from happening to you.

You can get a slide scanner from many places, but some people choose to get them from the Internet. The Internet is a great resource for all things related to technology, and if you want quality you may have to put in a pretty good search. EBay is a good source for people who are looking for slide scanners, but if you are not a good ebayer, you can look at other online boutiques or marketplaces as well.

Ask help from a technologically-savvy friend if you are not too sure what you are doing in your endeavors for shopping for good slide scanners. A slide scanner with a good return policy is also a good ideaFree Articles, if you can find one.

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