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is an activity performed by a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. Common examples found in offices are variations of the desktop (or flatbed) scanner where the document is placed on a glass window.

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How would one digitize a thick book into a PDF version in the most time-efficient way, using only a camera and a computer? [closed]

I have a: dSLR camera (Canon EOS) + no tripod latest commercial version of Adobe Acrobat a computer with internet frugal character I also own a physically printed and bound book of over 600 pages ...
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Scanning - Why use a reduced bit depth?

I'm watching a Lynda.com course named "Scanning Techniques for Photography, Art, and Design" (https://www.lynda.com/Design-Digital-Illustration-tutorials/Scanning-Techniques-for-Photography-Art-and-...
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Best practices for scanning chromogenic black-and-white film?

Lately, I have been experimenting with chromogenic black-and-white film. However, I have had some trouble scanning the negatives. With colour film, scanning seems to work fine with the standard ...
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Digitizing BW artwork at highest possible resolution

I have an artwork - black ink on paper (a4 size), with a lot of details, thin lines. The quality of the artwork is good. I have a cheap scanner and a cheap camera. With the scanner results are very ...
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Strange sharpening effect in B/W negative scan

I am scanning several rolls of B/W film and have noticed that a small number of shots have some sort of strange sharpening/edge detection behaviour which looks awful. The example below is from Ilford ...
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Green Fog in Negative Scan

Can anyone explain what is wrong with this negative scan? There seems to be some green haze in my scans. At first I thought the green tint was just from the lab not color correcting the scans ...
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How can I scan double-sided postcards that cannot bend?

Note to editor: sorry about my horrible English but you took out parts of my question too. The scanner can not have rollers. I am trying to take scans, also known as photos, of post cards. I figure ...
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Scanning old colour slides [closed]

I have some 40-year old colour slides which look fine to the naked eye but when I try to scan them on to a memory card, they look like film negatives with hardly any colour. Are they completely ...
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At what resolution and size should I scan colour slides?

We have a collection of 50,000 colour slides in our library. In order to scan these, we have bought an Epson V 800 Scanner with Silver Fast 800 software. What resolution and size should I be scanning ...
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Epson 2450 scanner not scanning transparencies on Mac Book Pro

I have a mac book pro and Epson 2450 scanner. The latter is scanning flatbed scans absolutely fine, but when I try to scan negatives and a positive slide the scan preview is coming up mainly white ...
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Scanner for uncut medium format film?

I have a couple rolls of medium format slide film from my holga. I was playing with the thing, shooting images without worrying about the frames. So, the whole film is one series of overlapping images ...
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Scan film or slides using Ubuntu [closed]

I own a Epson V330 photoscanner which seems to be quite well supported by Ubuntu but I cannot find any (open source or at least free) software capable to scan multiple slides or photos from a film in ...
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Digitizing old photos flatbed scanner or dslr?

After plenty of research I realised that flatbed scanners lose the battle to dslr when it comes to scanning negatives as seen in the picture: But what about old basic paper photos? Will an average ...
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How to invert color negative “scan” via DSLR without clipping the red channel?

I am trying to convert color negatives into positives and struggling with removing the orange mask and getting usable colour after inverting. It seems that I constantly clip the red channel no ...
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What caused this pattern of lines (moire?) in this picture I scanned from a book?

I have scanned this photo from a book that's printed with color ink, but the picture is a black and white one. When I scanned it with Vuescan as a color photograph I get vertical lines like I think ...
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How to restore as much detail as possible to a scanned image of an inkjet-printed page?

I have a photograph printed with an inkjet printer on a piece of paper. Unfortunately, I do not have access to the original file. Here's a small sample of what I'm stuck with: Is there any way to ...
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What performance differences will I see from a new film scanner, replacing Epson V350?

Recently I started doing analog photography again (as hobby), owning a Canon EOS 1N, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, developing all films by myself in C41 with focus on cross processing. Since I'm owning an Epson ...
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Are there advantages to scanning film for prints aside from increased control over the image?

Say I have a negative and wish to make a large print out of it. I have two options: Wet print straight from the negative Scan & dry print In terms of editing, I realise the latter allows more ...
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Process Silverfast color raw scans in Lightroom

In SilverFast there are two main scan modes. One called raw which export a DNG file and one TIFF. In the DNG format I need to invert as part of the post process in Lightroom. Or I can go for TIFF ...
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Extracting images from scanned image

I scanned a few hundret photos from old photo albums. To make this more efficient i scanned multiple images simultaneously. This looks now like this: Is there anothere efficient way to extract ...
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How to cut medium format film for scanning and archival storing

I shoot both 6x6 and 6x7 formats. There are no problems with 6x6 - I cut it as 3,3,3,3 frame pieces to fill a 4-row sleeve and have no problem scanning them in my Nikon 9000. However, if I cut 6x7 ...
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Should I save scanned images of 35mm slides from a Nikon scanner in JPEG or Tiff?

I am scanning 35mm color slides, some 50 years old, with a Nikon scanner. Should I save the scanned image in jpeg or tiff format for saving on archival CDs?
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Would scanning the same negative at different exposures give a better result?

For a while I have got developed and scanned my 35mm negatives by a lab/shop. The quality of the scans is not satisfying me (a lot of noise and images are not sharp). I was thinking of buying a film ...
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What is the cause of black bars on a photo of AMOLED display?

What is the cause of those black bars on the picture? Their orientation changes by moving the camera. The display is of a Samsung Galaxy S3 (i9300), an AMOLED display, set to minimum brightness, ...
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What to label digital prints made from scanned negatives in an exhibit?

I have my first exhibit coming up but I am not sure about how to properly label my photographs. All the pictures were taken with 35 mm film, then the negatives were scanned and the images were ...
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Cheapest camera possible to use for “scanning” slides using a projector and a camera

I've recently decided that my parents would love to have their slide collection in digital format, because being on slides means they are never looked at- most are older than I am, yet I don't think I'...
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How do I scan old negatives that have black dividing lines versus the clear lines on the newer negatives?

I'm scanning a lot of old negatives but have now hit a batch of 30+ year old negatives that won't scan after the first cell. The others on the strip are scanned with pieces of adjoining cells. Upon ...
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Is there a medium format film scanner that has an automatic feed?

I have a huge stack of old medium format negatives, I want to somewhat automate the scan (there are 1000 or so!) I'm wondering if there are any medium format scanners have some sort or automated feed.
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How to sync EXIF data and date information from iPhoto to Flickr

I've recently started a process of scanning old photo albums. I had settled into a nice workflow scanning a few images at a time and using iPhoto to add descriptions and change the dates, thinking ...
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How to automatically crop white space from multiple images? [duplicate]

I have recently scanned a bunch of old photo prints to digital for a slide show but all of them have a bunch of white space around them like this: /\ ...
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Are there any method for automatically detecting dust on silver halide based film?

I'm looking for a technique that allows me to scan silver halide based film while the scanner automatically detects dust. unfortunately using a scanner featuring Digital ICE technology to ...
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How can I remove color cast created by a defective scanner?

I scanned my photo using an HP Scanjet scanner, but scanner CCD sensor has a problem and the result is a scanned image as below: As you can see in the image, there is additional color cast. Is it ...
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Large red stripes in negative scan

I am using a HP G4050 Negative Scanner to scan some of my negatives and suddenly I started to get these strange type of blots, all my scanning are getting all blurred in red, already tried to change ...
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When scanning a printed photo, the resulting file is of less quality or resolution than the original?

In other words, can a photograph (or any other printed image) be scanned and the output yield a file that can be used to print a copy with the same resolution/sharpness as the scanned material?
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Why aren't the 35mm film scans I got back from a lab at a 3:2 aspect ratio?

I let my film get developed and scanned at a Fuji Lab in Japan and always receive a DVD with images of 4336x3036 pixel resolution, which is an aspect ratio of about 1.428194:1. I always thought 35mm ...
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What's the best way to remove discolouration of scanned photographs?

I'm got a batch of printed photos which I am scanning to store a digital copy of and possibly enlarge them for printing. I've scanned them at the maximum quality (600DPI) and saved it with the least ...
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How to remove white spots from a scanned picture?

I have a photo and I scanned it, but the scanned version introduced a lot of white spots on the image. I think the problem is the type of paper of the photo, which is not smooth a bit rough. There's ...
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What is the source of this banding in scans of B/W photographs?

I digitize B/W photos using an old CanoScan FB630U scanner and VueScan under Mac OS X. I scan these photos as 600 dpi tiff files. Some files show a longitudinal banding (in the same direction as the ...
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How to “scan” oversized documents with DSLR?

I tried a variety of search terms and came up empty, so here we go! I want to digitize a collection of maps. All I have at home is a dinky A4 scanner. There are no oversize scanners to be found in my ...
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Officejet Pro 8600 Plus or Epson Perfection 1650 for Photo Scanning?

I have an old Epson Perfection 1650 scanner and a new HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus printer with attached scanner. The Epson scanner is 10 years old, is 1600 dpi and is intended as a photo scanner. The ...
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How to use a Kodak Gray Scale to color-proof image scans?

I am familiar with the usage of a (Kodak) Gray Scale card when photographing, e.g. to get a color-proof replica of a painting. Now, I'd like to use such a card to ensure my scans are color-proof. At ...
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Can I get sharper 35mm negative scan with a CanoScan 8800f flat-bed scanner?

I have recently bought a CanoScan 8800f scanner for digitizing my 35mm negative. On the software side, I'm using VueScan and GIMP running on Ubuntu LTS. However by comparing my scans with the ones I'...
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What is a “color film copy transparency”?

Library of Congress usually has different versions of digitized works. see this example What is "color film copy transparency"? and what is its different with "digital file from original"?
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What are the optimal settings for scanning photos?

I would like digitalize all my photos and I bought the Canon CanoScan 9000F. I have no problem of space and hence want to scan the photos with the highest possible quality. For a printed photo, is ...
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What is the best way to get good quality digital pictures from negatives?

What is the best way to get good quality digital pictures from negatives? I mean, I have a lot of negatives with pictures of my childhood that I really want to recover, but I'm not sure what process ...
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Do developed negatives lose quality over time?

I am considering scanning my B&W and color negative films. I will most likely rent a scanner for this. Many of the negatives may be some 30-40 years old. Two questions: I wonder whether the ...
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How much post processing advantage is gained when scanning 35mm negatives as TIFF rather than JPG?

I am sending some C41 colour film to be developed. I'm not going to be requesting any prints, just scans of the negative to CD. I can choose between high resolution, high quality JPG or TIFF. The ...
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How do I sort digital photos and scans together in Lightroom 4?

I have many images captured with a digital camera and many that I've scanned from negatives and stills. I use the Edit Capture Date... option to set the capture time of the scan. However, when I sort ...
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Industrial scale automated photoscanner?

I'm looking for method to scan over 6 million images for a huge digital archive (conversion from all kinds of sizes to one dpi/resolution). Obviously the man hours involved make this a big of a big ...
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Is a low-resolution scan of B&W negatives expected from a drugstore?

Shoot a roll of ilford color process B&W. Take to Walgreens. Receive CD (and negatives). Import to Aperture, crop a bit, and ask for an 8x10. Get a warning that there's not enough pixels to make a ...