Taking photos of 4x6 prints?

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  1. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Here is the situation. I want to get digital images of a bunch of photos to put into a slide show for my wedding. The quality does not have to be great....just good enough for projection onto a large screen.

    I'm sure I could scan the prints, but the only scanner I have access to is fairly slow and I'd have to do it at work...which I might not have time to do. I was thinking that I could probably get decent results if I set up a make shift copy stand with my 20D. Once it's set up...I could digitize lots of photos in a fairly short time.

    Has anyone tried this? My main concern is lighting. Obviously on-camera flash would be a bad idea...as it would cause reflections. I might even need to have the prints under glass to ensure that they are flat...which would add to the reflection problem. I might use an off camera source of light...but I'm not sure of that will make the prints look uneven. Maybe a couple of lights as in a small studio set up...maybe a light box type set up?

    I want to do this as quick and easy as possible...otherwise I might as well scan them.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Artemis

    Artemis Just Punked Himself

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    Well...my boss uses that technique as you get better quality than with a scanner, next time I see him ill try and ask him :)
     
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    danalec99 TPF Noob!

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    I haven't does that before but have you considered places like Costco or those kiosks you'd find at pharmacies/supermarkets?
     
  4. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It been a long time but I have done the copy stand approach before (sort of), us a tripod with a removable centre rod. Simple reversed rod so camera hung between the legs. And lighting was a problem. IMO you would need to shot in RAW and would need to edit all the shots in PS.

    IMHO the easy way to go is to buy a new and better scanner
     
  5. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks...I have been thinking of just getting a new scanner...they are pretty cheap these days.
     
  6. Artemis

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    Yeh, scanners are going very well now...
     
  7. fadingaway1986

    fadingaway1986 I Burn Easily :(

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    Get a scanner :)

    Or you could take your negs into a shop and have them scanned.
     

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