Savoir faire — How to turn your smartphone and tablet into a slide viewer

When trying to view my old slides, I often think back to the years when I sat at a large light table at work. Using a loupe to take a closer look at each slide, it was easy to sort all the slides. I cannot imagine what happened to that cumbersome table and there wouldn’t be space for it in my home office anyway. Apparently, there is a slide viewer tucked away in my purse and it’s called an iPhone.

I just learned that we can easily turn our smartphones and tablets into light tables. What a concept! All we need to do is use any app on our device that displays a white background. You can use the Notes app on your smartphone or table, and that seems to be one of those apps that comes with these devices, at least, it came with mine.

Lisa Kurtz in Organize Your Photo Life: A Quick Tip for Viewing Slides, explains how to set it up: “Increase the brightness on your screen, and place your slide on the screen. If you are using a tablet you can view several slides at once. Don’t forget your magnifying glass so you can compare similar photos.”

Light table_iPad


To increase the brightness on your screen for better visibility, go to Settings, choose Wallpapers & Brightness, and then slide the “button” to the far right.

Bonne idée.


About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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One Response to Savoir faire — How to turn your smartphone and tablet into a slide viewer

  1. Susan Gingras Calcagni says:

    What a brilliant idea from Lisa Kurtz.

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