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seekinglight

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Preserving color slides, B&W negatives, and prints
« on: August 17, 2019, 07:58:59 am »

I have over 5,000 color slides from my late father, as well as many black and white negatives, and small photos. Some of the slides already have some minor mold or mildew.

I want to store this work as best I can. I thought the best way was refrigerate to 40F, then read archives store at 0F. The info about preventing condensation was confusing since it said to bag the boxes of slides -but that would trap warm, moist air, before cooling in refrigerator.

Any tips on how to cool and avoid condensation? Anyone use a freezer for this with freezer set to 40F or set to 0F? I need to stop (slow) additional decay while I get started making copies.
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Re: Preserving color slides, B&W negatives, and prints
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2019, 08:52:28 am »

I can't answer your question, but you might try posting in Digital Image Processing/scanning section.
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Re: Preserving color slides, B&W negatives, and prints
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2019, 05:38:13 pm »

I have many slides from the 70s that I thought would have deteriorated, but they were fine. The biggest issues is high humidity. If you have that problem then a sealed container with desiccant may be all that you need.

A quick solution to copy them is just to set up the projector next to the camera and photograph them one by one, with a remote in each hand. I did several hundred a night.
Then you can decide which ones need a better solution.
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