Posting images of photographs for sale

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  1. PeterDendrinos

    PeterDendrinos Member

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    I print almost exclusively 11 x 14, and would like to post the prints on APUG and perhaps my own site for sale.

    My problem is that I don’t have a scanner big enough to scan the print. Is it possible to take a digital picture of the print that will be acceptable for viewing on the internet?

    I don’t think I want to make an 8 x 10 just so I can scan it.

    What are your thoughts?

    Pete
     
  2. blaze-on

    blaze-on Member

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    Yes you can shoot it with digital, and I found setting print or art up on flat outside wall in shaded area works best. Make sure to level print, camera, and center lens to center of print to avoid distortion. Though you can fix that on the computer. After all, you want to represent it to the final print, so nothing wrong with digital there.

    Or..
    Reprint a smaller size just for scanning;
    Scan the neg and adjust to final print;
     
  3. Paul Sorensen

    Paul Sorensen Member

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    Pete,

    I also print largely 11X14, but I usually have a pretty healthy border of at least an inch. I have found that I can just cut the a print down and lose very little to get it to 8.5 X 11 so that it will fit in my scanner. One inch on each side brings you to 9X12 anyway, so you are close. I usually have a print that I am not going to sell because it has more dust spots than I want to deal with in spotting, and they are so easy to clean up in Photoshop. (Is that cheating?:smile:)
     
  4. Bob F.

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    Scan it in two passes and stitch back together in an image editing program. Two points: you need to make sure both scans are at the same angle (get creative with a ruler or other straight edge and some masking tape :wink: ) and you need to disable any auto-exposure settings in the scanner software so you get the same exposure for both halves. This image in the gallery (http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=5778&cat=500&ppuser=2807) was scanned in two goes and this (http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6024&cat=500&ppuser=2807) one shows what you get if you forget to disable the scanner's auto-exposure (look at the bottom border) - whoops!...

    Cheers, Bob.
     
  5. wfe

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    I have stitched them together in Photoshop. PS has a merge function that figures it out and it works incredibly well. As previously stated the angles must be the same.
     
  6. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes, you can dupe a photo with a digital camera, just the way you would dupe any kind of flat art with any camera. There have been a few threads on this. Try searching on "photographing artwork" or "photographing paintings."