Month: June 2007

Photography with a flatbed scanner

Faltbed scanners, even cheap ones, have ample capacity to make useable scans of large objects. When I say large, I mean anything that is significantly bigger than small detail in a frame of 35mm film. Some say we may have reached the limit of quality for consumer-grade flatbed scanners, with the appearance of such models as the Epson V700 or V750 or the Canon 9950F. For detailed reviews of what they are capable of, take a look at photo-i which is a very good site. While those scanners might be able to resolve the details in frame of 35mm film adequately, you would think that an old Epson 1660 flatbed scanner would not be up to the job. And of course that is correct up to a point. But here is a scan from an Epson 1660 that I bought a couple of years ago secondhand for a few dollars. I downloaded the driver from the Epson site and cleaned the glass with window cleaner, and scanned this old photograph. The next shot is small …

Lightroom and Photoshop CS3 – some comparisons

I have already posted reasons why I think CS3 is a substantial advance over CS2, but in a nutshell, Adobe Bridge is much quicker and more stable than Bridge in CS2, and the sharpening tools in Camera Raw 4.1 are much better than in previous versions and perhaps better (certainly different) than in Photoshop ‘proper’. For those not familiar with how Photoshop is bundled; it comprises a Photoshop ‘proper’ module, Camera Raw, and Bridge. If one is processing RAW images then Photoshop ‘process’ comprises at least two elements – Camera Raw, and Photoshop ‘proper’ – because the image has first to be converted to a Photoshop document (PSD) before it can be further processed in Photoshop ‘proper’. And if one wants to browse a number of images then the bundle also includes Bridge, which allows one to view large preview jpegs of images of many types, including RAW images. So what does Lightroom offer? Well today I found one reason to prefer Lightroom when I wanted to produce a collection of jpegs for the web. …