Poor Man’s Scanner

by Al Hannigan on July 17, 2008

Sometimes innovating works … below is an image from an 8×10 color transparency that was part of a commercial photoshoot. Not having a scanner that could convert this to digital, I decided to experiment.

I taped the transparency to my office window and set my camera up as I would for copying any flat art. I used camera raw and shot a couple of exposures, did a bit of tweaking in Adobe Camera Raw and photoshop and here’s the result …

Copy of an 8x10 color transparency

Came out fairly good IMO. Probably not as good as a professional scan might yield, but a whole lot less expensive!

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1 Daniel April 22, 2009 at 12:08 am

That’s pretty impressive. How’s the quality on the full size image? I’m all for modifying hardware to what works, one of my favorite lenses ever was a drilled body cap for a canon dslr that acted as a pinhole lens.

2 Al Hannigan May 5, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Hi Daniel,
It’s good enough for web production, but the original was an 8×10 Ektachrome and of much higher quality. It was originally used as a 16×20 print for a display in a department store.

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