Ever get bored of using your DSLR and wonder if there was something else you could use instead? Chances are that you already own an amazing high quality image making machine.
I’m talking about a scanner. They are normally used to copy boring bits of A4 sized, household admin. But they are capable of soo much more.
Now, the more pedantic reader might be wondering whether a scan is even a photo. Wonder away my friend, I have no idea! All I know is that if it produces cool photos, it’s cool with me!
Images from a scanner are distinct because they have an incredibly shallow depth of field and can be extremely detailed. The downside of ‘Scannography,’ (as some folk like to call it) is that they are a lot less portable. I can’t imagine hanging one of these around my neck and going for a walk! Also the stuff you are photographing has to be placed directly on the scanner. There’s also a lack of perspective, objects just disappear the further they are from the screen. But testing the scanners limitations just adds to the fun.Preparation
- To get a really good quality image you need to increase the dpi (dots per inch) settings on the scanner. How you go about this will depend on the software you have installed. The dpi on these images is 600. But if you have a show coming up at the Guggenheim next month, then you might want to increase it further!
- Gather some objects together to add a layer of visual intrigue. I used a bouquet of flowers, which were well past their best. They look great but unfortunately they smelt like the bottom of the veg recycling box!
- Experiment with changing the background, have some different colored material handy to through over your head, when the scan is in action.
- Health and safety announcement: don’t stare at the bright light whilst the scan is in progress – it might hurt your eyeballs! You have been warned!
- Experiment with the depth of field by changing the distance between your face and the glass.
- Instead of always having your face hang over the scanner, mix it up your portraits by turning the scanner on its end or side and then creating the image.
- Keep experimenting until you are happy with your images.
Import the photos into some photo software and tweak the contrast and saturation. Tah dah. Your work here is done! Remember, you no longer own a boring grey scanner but an amazing image making machine.
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