In this month’s column David Brooks takes a brief recess on answering reader mail to address a topic that is the subject of many queries he receives—getting effective scans from your “old” film library. We think you’ll enjoy his observations and that you’ll find you have much in common with his experiences.—Editor
Many of the questions I receive in my e-mail involve what readers are doing, or want to do. A frequent topic involves what to do with a collection of old film photographs. That is also a problem I have and work at a lot these days, and my film library is the accumulation of a long lifetime of photography. But many of you have not started scanning your collection of film photographs yet. One reason may be that it’s intimidating, and like going in the water at the beginning of the season, getting your feet wet is the hard part. But the question I have the most difficulty answering is from those who want a quick and easy solution.