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Old 12-23-2012, 11:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I'm a professional portrait photographer, and HATE doing any sort of product shots. So, when I started taking photos of a few pens I made, I was not having any fun.

I was sitting at my desk and wondered what it would look like if I just tossed my pens on my scanner. I was pleasantly surprised at the results! Of course the original was just a pen on a white background. But, I'm pretty handy with photoshop and some 3d programs, so I silhouetted the pen and put in an interesting background.
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Cool! A levitating pen.
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I'm going to have to try that, but I wonder if I can just tape a picture on to the scanners cover. I'm not so good with any photo programs.
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Looks cool. Sure save time from taking the picure, uploading it then posting it to IAP.
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That is a great looking image!
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It's a lot simpler than setting up a photo session. A jewelry appraiser friend has been scanning items for her catalogues for years. I was surprised at the results she got straight from the scanner.
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
 
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This is a great idea and it reminds me of an artist my brother told me about after a trip to Hawaii. Apparently the artist takes items such as flowers, then suspends them over a scanner. It a completely blackened room, he scans the image on a flatbed scanner. Because the flowers (or other subject material) are suspended over the bed of the scanner, depth is built into the scan. The resulting artwork was amazing and it was selling well. No doubt there is more to it, such as Photoshop, but its a great concept. Thanks for posting.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:57 AM   #8 (permalink)
 
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I used a scanner for pen pictures with my old Umax scanner. It will not work on many scanners because the do not have enough depth-of-field to get the pen in focus.
I stopped when I could no longer get a driver to run my old scanner and our new scanner/printer does not have enough depth of field.

This scanner image is from 2005.
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Interesting idea and some neat things you can do with this, but it seems like the pens are lacking definition. Is it just me?
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
 
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just tried it... really bad! possibly my scanner isnt as good as yours, or because my pens are metal creating too much reflection. il stick to my camera, though yours does look good
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