Friday, June 6, 2008

Digital Scrapping with Non-Digital Photos

I had a question regarding how I used my non-digital photos to create my wedding book. I thought perhaps others may be curious as well, so here's my response.

I tried scanning old photos a couple years ago with an album I did for my Grandparents. But I really thought the scanned images came back grainy and low quality -- not to mention it took FOREVER to do!

I discovered then that photographing them with my digital camera worked much better. So when I want to "scan" non-digital pictures in, here's what I do:

1) Find a window in my house with a nice sunbeam coming in
2) Set the photograph in that sunbeam -- perfect indirect light
3) Turn off my camera's flash
4) Turn on my camera's macro setting
5) Snap away

I usually take a few photos of it, because sometimes it doesn't focus quite right. But if you're good with your manual settings (I'm not), you may be able to correct that yourself.


makeyesup said...

Wow, I have to try this. Have never been to fond of the results of the scanning. And I do treasure the few old photos that I have. Thanks for this.

Tina B. said...

I have been doing this also; taking pictures of pictures, which my family thinks is totally odd...LOL but I have not tried the macro setting...thanks for that piece of advice!!!!

Tink said...

I have recently started doing this myself. Just haven't found the right window(s) yet. But one day ;)

Anonymous said...

Wow..I was thinking since I bought a scanner, would be able to put my old photos on the computer easily. Thank for the info, I will def try your way, probably faster than scanning each photo anyways. :)

Bonnie said...

This suggestion makes so much sense. I can't believe I never thought of it before. I have scanned photos, but I'm never pleased with how they turn out. Thanks for the great advice.