Here is a quick example of what can be done with a quick scan of a paper photo.
This photo is 15 – 20 years old, from a trip to California, this one is from San Fransisco. More edits of the text possible.
This is a quick experiment:
1) Scanning the paper photo with a cheap paper photo scanner
2) Using photoshop elements for shadow/highlight enhancement
3) Slight sharpening using Unsharp Mask
I need to try making a scan of the negative (I expect that is in the folder)
I consider it possible to do that with my existing Digital camera and some good, even white background. It will probably not be as good as a professional scan, but likely better than the paper scan.
Comments are welcome on this subject.
Colour image :
San Fransisco by day
B/W image :
San Fransisco by day BW
Dia-copyer received, after a bit of experimentation I succeeded in getting a decent colour from a negative “scan” (RAW photo), it ended up like this after a bit of processing :
The picture “scanned” with a digital camera
Testing with noise reduction :
SanFran with noise reduction
Taken at Laoshen near Qindao, this is a picture I did a bit of adjustment on
When I looked at the RAW picture it looked a bit dull. The adjustment is simple, a bit of highlight and shadow adjustment followed by contrast adjustment via Levels.
No sharpening, just reduced the size of the image to make it suitable for the blog.
A lake due to a dam, Laoshan Mountains
As an experiment I made a black and white version, and I actually like that one, too.
Laoshan : Lake and mountains, B/W.
I think that both pictures are good.
Which one do *you* like best ?
The daily walk to work and back is yet again the basis for this weekly picture.
I was looking a bit at this and decided that the distorted reflections were an excellent opportunity.
The picture has been cropped a bit for a better view, that’s all. The old Canon Pro 1 did well for this exposure.
I always bring a camera with me, even if I just walk to work. You never know which opportunities arise. – Even if it is just a small compact camera.
One autumn morning when walking to work in the mist this was one of the sights. Taken with a Canon A610 compact, one that only allows JPEG images :
Into the mist . . . click on image for a larger version
On my trip to China last year we visited the Laoshan temple complex, but on the way I could not resist the rocks – I just had to take this picture. All pictures taken during my trip to China were made with a compact Canon G11 – and given the limitations of compacts I am very happy with the results.
Rocky coast at Laoshan, China
How do you like it ?