Using a scanner instead of a camera....

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LenKaltman

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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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Rodnall

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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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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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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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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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BradG

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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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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
To cut down on reflection, place the pens on a diagonal (45 degrees to the edges of the scanner) on the scanner bed. I can't remember why this helps, but it does.
There were a few good scanner tip files on the Yahoo Penturners group, likely still there.
 
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Len; That better be a shark in the water, or your shadow is going in the wrong direction from the sun. Great idea !! This realy adds a lot of interest to the photo. Jim S
 

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Len; That better be a shark in the water, or your shadow is going in the wrong direction from the sun. Great idea !! This realy adds a lot of interest to the photo. Jim S
Thanks Jim! I was trying to find a way to take some product photos that stand out from the norm, and enjoy playing around in Photoshop and various 3d programs (Bryce, Daz Studio, etc) Actually, the dark shark is a reflection of the pen on the water - not a shadow. :)
 

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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.

Thanks - I've seen the work of several artists who use scanners, and I guess it's just another tool in the creative arsenal. I basically chose to scan because I was being lazy, (and don't like photographing inanimate objects) and rather than set up my lights and camera, figured I'd just sit at my desk and scan the pen. It actually turned out better than I thought it would.
 
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