April 28, 2021 | 3791 Views | By matthewjordansmith

Webinar Preview – Breathe New Life into Old Photos

Once I began digitizing all my father’s slides using my makeshift lighting kit, I thought it would be such a great teaching moment. I came up with the lighting techniques for the slides, then photographed them, and then enhanced the images with ON1 Photo Raw. It’s a fun process I know a lot of you will appreciate.. You can read my previous post about what lead me to this here.

Make sure to register for my upcoming webinar here!


14 comments on “Webinar Preview – Breathe New Life into Old Photos”

  1. On April 29, 2021 at 3:15 am Giovanni Fontana wrote:

    Dear Mr. Smith (I hope I have understood your surname correctly),
    The time difference (I live in Italy) prevents me from following this webinair, which interests me very much because I too, in this lockdown period, have dedicated myself to digitizing old slides (and negatives) with self-built equipment. I have obtained excellent results by investing a very limited capital (about 170 €). The highest cost is represented by the micrometric Nisi slide, which proved to be indispensable and will also be useful for other macro applications, but which I mounted in a somewhat particular way. It could also be done with lower costs, but I preferred to give priority to productivity, because I have so many slides. I sincerely hope that your webinair will then be registered and made available for a deferred viewing that I will see as soon as possible. However, I am available to provide you with photographic material on the system that I built myself, although I am sure that you will certainly have done something as quick if not better. I await the video.
    If you find it useful, you can contact me freely using the email registered in the ON1 archive. I don’t publish it here because I don’t know if this message is then made public or not.

    1. On April 29, 2021 at 4:20 am matthewjordansmith replied:

      Hi Giovanni. I’d LOVE to hear your process. The webinar will be available afterwards. I’ll email you to hear more. Thanks again and.

  2. On April 29, 2021 at 6:25 pm Darryl Knight wrote:

    Hey Matthew It’s Craig from PLC. Just upgraded to ON1 2021.5 Plus. Will see you in the webinar.

  3. On April 30, 2021 at 3:30 pm Joseph McCollough wrote:

    I have a pretty old Canon Pixma All-In-One printer / scanner /copier that has an attachment on the scanner that allows scanning photo negatives. I was able to scan in some of my old negatives from my Nikon FG film camera that I used before digital cameras were good enough and affordable enough to replace it. I have a few photos in my gallery that were scanned from negatives and then cleaned up digitally.

  4. On May 1, 2021 at 9:33 am Serge MONTAGNON wrote:

    Hello Matthew,

    I’m very interested by your webinar. I also digitalise my old kodackrome with a special piece I’ve made for my Nikon D800 and AF-S 105 mm. I also expect that it will be possible to download the webinar.

    Best regards

  5. On May 1, 2021 at 10:49 am Harvindar Devgan wrote:

    I liked your invite video – the natural-looking colors and you seem to pop (micro-contrast, in focus and out of focus renditions). What was you video setup and lens?
    See you soon.

    1. On May 2, 2021 at 6:01 am matthewjordansmith replied:

      Hi Harvindar. I used a Nikon Z6II with the 35mm lens. I set the f/stop to 1.8 and it’s set to autofocus tracking so as I move it tracks me. I love using my camera as my video camera in this fashion because it gives it a much look and feel. I also used a Rode lav mic as well for my sound. The combination works great together.

  6. On May 1, 2021 at 6:42 pm John Sakalauskas wrote:

    just going through my Kodachrome & Ektachrome slides atm using the Epson V850 scanner. Love the results, but it is a bigger spend. Coincidently I current shoot with the Nikon Z6. Small world 🙂


    1. On May 2, 2021 at 6:04 am matthewjordansmith replied:

      Hi John, Yes, that is more expensive for sure. I’m going to show two options for doing this during the webinar to give you options. The Z6 is incredible and with the 60mm micro lens its amazing for this type of work. See you soon!

  7. On May 2, 2021 at 3:25 am Tomas M. Bogonez wrote:

    Hello Matthew. I am already registered, I hope to see the webinar recorded because of the schedules. Thank you

  8. On May 4, 2021 at 5:31 pm Earl Hockin wrote:

    I had a conflicting commitment and could not watch the webinar. When will the recording be available to those of us who are on1Plus subscribers?

  9. On May 8, 2021 at 5:10 am Richard Berke wrote:

    I am very interested in attending your webinar, whether real-time or watching a recording. I have been digitizing and enhancing my dad’s slides (more than 1,200) from the 1950s-60s-70s. I have been using a Canon flatbed scanner which has a light shining through from the cover, set at 4800 pixels per inch. I accomplish saving images, but many, many of them are ‘soft’ and somewhat blurry. I think there’s a combination of my dad not focusing his shots well (and with film he couldn’t tell until developed), some camera shake, and also some effects of the chemistry of the materials. I began in 2003 using Photoshop Elements, learning about levels and curves for color correction, and unsharp mask vs high pass filtering. ON1 tools can do so much more. I’m eager to hear your ideas for improving slides especially for overcoming the softness/blur, but not to the point of overdone (I know how to do that!) The link for registering for your webinar only leads to a page ‘coming soon’.

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