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Scanning Actual Objects

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by Gabriel, Feb 6, 2007.

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  1. Gabriel

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    OK...
    So, I have a problem photographing jewelry and small objects that I am crafting, as my camera is only 1.2 .
    Someone suggested using my scanner to get the item images into the pc. Obviously I need to put a fabric backing over the items....does anyone have suggestions about scanning objects:confused:
    I have scanned 35 mm photos, and tried to jpeg them, and am successful some of the time.
     
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  3. Gabriel

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    Thanks much Lister
     
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    You don’t mention what scanner you are using. If you have one of those skinny scanners that get their power from the USB you have CIS sensors. The “C” in CIS stands for “contact” and they have almost no depth of field. If you have a scanner with CIS sensors you will find it very difficult to scan anything with depth.

    If you have CCD sensors you should be able to get decent depth.

    My personal preference is to leave the lid open with no background. The resulting black background is very easy to work with in an image editor.
     
  5. Gabriel

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    Thank-you so much...I know what to shop for, as this scanner is on the downside right now....:)
     
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    3 dimensional items do not scan well. Just get a digital camera and photograph them. Then you'll already (most likely) have them in the JPG format.
     
  7. slipe

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    I put a screwdriver on top of a pocket torch for some depth and scanned them with a CCD scanner. The depth is reasonable for many small objects. You just can’t do that with a CIS scanner.

    With a scanner you don’t have the lighting problems you have with small objects at macro ranges. Most flash units don’t do well up close unless you have a ring flash. A digital camera wouldn’t have any problem with the lighter and screwdriver, but smaller items work better with a scanner unless you have a lightbox.

    The scanner is a cheap $80 unit that is three years old. With one of the new higher resolution scanners you could do better. Digital cameras are better for some objects, but if the object is suitable for the scanner it is usually easier for lighting.
     

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