Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Copying Photos

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Copying Photos

    I have some old photos without negatives. I have two methods of copying them, either using a scanner which has a maximum 1200 dpi or a digital camera. The camera has three sizes available 640X480, 1024X768 or 2048X1536 pixels. I'm not sure how the pixel size of the camera relates to the dpi on the scanner. Which should I use to obtain the best results?
    Thanks

  • #2
    With regard to the camera, the more pixels the better. These images are usually 300dpi, with is sufficient for photos, so use your highest settings to get the most image information.

    I usually scan at 300dpi (600 if the detail is small, but after working on the photo, reduce the resolution to 300).

    Vikki

    Comment


    • #3
      Thanks Vikki
      Do you think I will get the best results with the scannner or with the digital camera?

      Comment


      • #4
        I've had much better luck with my Epson scanner.

        Comment


        • #5
          Unless the photos are textured, I would scan them. I believe you will get more detail out of them and you don't have to worry about perfect focus with the camera.

          If the photos are textured, you'll probably have more luck (removing the texture and preserving detail) with the camera. As Vikki said, use the highest setting and you might need to use a polarizer for the best results.

          Jeanie

          Comment


          • #6
            It really depends on the size of the original that you are shooting with your digital camera. If the image is a wallet size, then the digital camera image would be about equal (in size) to the scan at 1200 dpi.

            Just devide the resolution of your camera into the image size to see what the final DPI would be.

            Personally, I would use the scanner, the light cource that it has will allow it to pick up much more image detail. If your computer will handle large file sizes, it is best to scan at the higher resolution, giving you at mush info to work with as possible. I scan all my restorations in at 2400 dpi or higher, this gived me LOTS of detail and info to work with, when I am done, I resize to 600dpi.

            HTH

            Paul

            Comment


            • #7
              In most cases I use the scanner. The camera is nice for photos that have some sort of texture that reflects too much light in the scanner.
              Vikki

              Comment

              Related Topics

              Collapse

              • gbr1000
                Scanner or Camera Copying Stand
                by gbr1000
                I would like to start restoring old photos and would like to know which is a better way. Either use my Cannon G1 camera and attached it to a good quality camera copying stand with lights at 45 degree angle or buying a good quality epson scanner?

                Thanks
                gbr1000
                08-27-2004, 10:24 AM
              • ir0nma1den
                Thinking about diving into medium format
                by ir0nma1den
                I primarily do fashion and studio work with strobes and have been eyeing the Mamiya RZ67 for a while. I found a good deal on it, but I am wondering if it will be worth it.

                I currently shoot with a D300. Will shooting medium format provide enough advantages over digital to make it worthwhile?...
                07-23-2012, 02:13 PM
              • Marthig
                Digital Camera and scanner - help to pick
                by Marthig
                Hi I received a prize for 10 years of continued work at my employer's firm. Oddly enough they would not give me the money so I could use it to fix several things I badly need to do at my home. So I am supposed to pick an item or two but they have to be new.

                There are only two things...
                01-17-2006, 08:36 PM
              • fut
                Scan or Photo ??
                by fut
                Got a quick question, is it better to scan an old phot or to use a Digital Camera and take another shot of the original (using correct lighting).

                I have a scanner but I'm getting loads of imperfections on the scanned image, more than are actually on the photograph itself.
                I've...
                05-13-2009, 11:43 AM
              • kirkdickinson
                Need 35mm neg scanned in SE Ohio
                by kirkdickinson
                I have printing project nearly ready to go off to the printer, and am badly in need of having a 35mm negative scanned high res. I have called around and can't find anybody with a high-res dedicated negative scanner. I have an Epson 4970, but it isn't cutting it. I need much better.

                I...
                08-22-2006, 11:16 PM
              Working...
              X