Scanning Basics

basic scanning guide

Basic Scanning Guide
For Photographers and Other Creative Types

Although scanner technology has been around for a while, it wasn’t really a part of the modern home or office until the mid 1990s. If not for the pub date, I would have guessed this book to be a few years older. Not that scanning is that interesting anyway, this book has a pretty dull layout with numbered paragraph topics and the black and white photos. (Maybe the creative types weren’t consulted on this book project.) Weed and don’t look back.



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scanning basics

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  1. Zip drives and CD-Rs instead of external hard drives and Cloud storage? Yup, this book is past its prime.

  2. When this book was published, you had to literally go to the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Department to download publication-quality scanned files of their photo/print holdings–on Iomega 100MB Zip Discs, because floppies weren’t big enough and that was the only option available.

    Now you can download them directly in a few seconds at your home computer, or even your smartphone…..

    Another issue that has arisen: Quality film and slide scanners are becoming harder to find now, as it was generally assumed that “every” negative and slide managed to get scanned within a decade of “quality” scanners coming about. Various archivists are snapping up and hoarding pro-grade film/negative/slide scanners for the day when they’re “antiques.” (You laugh? When was the last time you set up a movie projector?)

  3. My library has some equipment available to allow patrons to covert old formats into digital. I’m not sure they can handle slides and negatives, however. Or Zip discs.

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