Jim Leask on Digitizing Slides with a DSLR


The feature speaker at our April meeting  will be Jim Leask who will be speaking about

Taking Pictures of Pictures — Digitizing slides with a DLSR.

Jim is a software engineer and an enthusiastic amateur photographer. He started photography in the ’70s with a Nikon FE film camera, and a manual focus lens. He was always “the guy with the big camera” at events, and also liked nature photography. He learned the creative and technical skills for photography with film, then transferred these concepts to digital and digital processing.

He became interested in converting slides to digital format after the world trip He and his wife went on where they took over 10,000 slides. They had countless slides of family and events from earlier years too, but they were all locked away in a format that was difficult to use. They never saw those pictures.

He purchased a slide scanner, but found it was far too slow to process each slide so it was never used. When the full/crop frame digital cameras came along, he  investigated the idea of taking pictures of pictures. He found that worked very well.

Presentation Outline

This presentation will show how he uses his DLSR to digitize slides.

There are two main objectives while digitizing:

1) Image Quality

  • Obtain the best digital copy of the slide as possible

2) Speed

  • – so the project actually happens!

He will cover the following topics:

  • Camera gear (the camera, lens, and slide adapter)
  • Camera settings (F-Stop, shutter speed, and why)
  • Focus (settings to get good focus)
  • Lighting source and white balance (how to illuminate the slide for good colour)
  • Lightroom (capturing directly to Lightroom and cataloguing images)
  • the workflow (show captures in action – approx. 10 seconds / slide)

Landscape Photography & Composition Tips

Here are some videos I chose with tips on landscape photography and composition:

 Phil Tughan

















Creating a Slideshow.

Here are some videos on how to create a slideshow using different programs:

Carol’s presentation is here.

Phil Tughan and Carol Brown

















Take Care of Your Flash Cards

There’s a really great article on the PhotoFocus website by on how to take care of your flash cards.

I’d like emphasize his Tip #7 about not inserting or removing a flash card with the camera turned on. On my Nikon D-90 there is a little green light that flashes whenever I turn the camera off. As long as that light is on the camera may be accessing the card so IT IS NOT SAFE TO INSERT OR REMOVE THE FLASH CARD! I always wait for it to turn off.

Bill Robertson

Using an External Flash.

This video deals with the basics of flash:

And now, here are those same principles applied to real world settings:

Phil Tughan


















Getting Your Camera Out Of Full Auto Mode

Here are some videos with tips on getting your camera out of full Auto Mode presented at the December 1st meeting:

Phil Tughan


Tips For Holiday Pet Photography

Here are some good tips on holiday pet photography from Olympus.

During the holidays, people love to photograph all of the family and friends they hold dear. For many people, this includes their beloved pets. Taking pet photos can be a struggle – they can move around even more than children, but without the ability to understand when you say, “Just one picture – say cheese!” Here are some tips to make your pet photography easier.

Frank Knor

Cold Weather Photography Tip Videos

Here are some videos with tips on photography in cold weather presented at the November 3rd meeting.

 Phil Tughan