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Scanography Create Art With Your Scanner
Scanography Art of Scanning
With the increasing sales of digital cameras, everyone is taking great pictures nowadays. Not to mention the use of photo enhancing software, it's a little hard to stand out as an image artist. Scan art is a very unique and effective way to capture images, and the result will not disappoint you. So go ahead and broaden your horizons. Put your scanner to use in more ways than just scanning those stacks of paper!
Capture your objects in a new light.
I love to photograph, as a matter of fact I carry my camera absolutely everywhere I go. I don't want to miss an opportunity to take a great photo. But I've learned that if you want to make your work stand out in such a populated art form, you need to expand your horizons. I have been experimenting with a lot of difffent means of photography, from using old cameras, to using the all the well known photo editors (they are fun aren't they). But because I am a restless soul, I had to do something new, maybe not new to many, but new to me. I started to scan some of my subjects, and the results I got were amazing! Of course this is not a replacement for a good camera, but the results are definitely note-worthy.
Many things are easy to scan, especially when flat or when they can be flattened out (flowers, blinds, fabric, etc) but if you want to create a really cool 3-D effect you can use a dark drape over the object to really capture item's base and a bit of the rest of it. Another cool technique is scanning different items and using an editing program to compose a truly unique work of art.
Of course every technique is different and I'm sure you will find yours, but if you use this art form there are so many different effects that you can create with a scanner. The possibilities are endless. The great thing is the exploration; you don't need to have a fancy scanner to capture captivating images, just a good technique, and an endless imagination. If you have a decent image editing program that would definitely help, but sometimes the captured object don't need to be edited at all. This picture I call Petals Y Toule has not been edited at all, and do you notice how wonderfully the contrast and edges were captured. The color of the violet flower is so vibrant. The curves of the image are great.
I've been experimenting with this for a few years now, but I have found that it is a developing art and not many people have meddled with it. There is no set way to do this, as long as it is aesthetically pleasing to you. Research it, and experiment with your scanner, once you've found your technique, show it off, you'll realize how quickly people will react to your work.
Scanners for Sale - These scanners range from price, remember it doesn't have to be a fancy model!
Make sure you just keep you scanner bed clean, (unless you need the effects of fingerprints/ dust).
Also featured is the scanner I use to prove that you don't need the most expensive model out there!
Petals y Toule - Scan art capture
This picture was captured with some wilted flowers that I could not get rid of, I sure am glad i was able to capture them so vividly, the scanner picked up the color magnificently.
AHH! MY Nightmare..
No wire hangers.. well, more like NO WIRES
Notice how sharp the edges have been captured? The only thing I did to in was add the border, I did not need to sharpen, brighten, or clarify. Due to the super high resolution on this image, the sharp edges, and over all detail, it was very easy, and fun for me to turn this garbled mess of wires into what I call Nightmare, using very basic Photoshop methods!
All of my scan art has to do with something very personal to me. Stay tuned for a brief summary of each piece
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What is the most interesting thing you have scanned? Have you ever made a scanography creation of you own?