Scanning photos onto one's hard drive - why are the photos clearerthan the scan

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Patrick Briggs, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. Hi,

    Does anybody understand why when one scans photos off an Epson 1200
    Perfection (not accurate I think) scanner the results are slightly less
    sharp than looking at the photo itself.

    I wonder if it's something to do with older scanner technology (it's a 5
    year old scanner at least) or just a reality of scanning photos with
    consumer scanners. I assume that $1000 scanners used by ad agencies
    don't have this problem.

    If this is the wrong group to posts this to, does anybody know of a
    newsgroup that would be able to help?

    Thanks in advance.


    Patrick Briggs, Feb 19, 2006
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    Rudy Benner Guest

    What resolution setting are you using?
    Rudy Benner, Feb 19, 2006
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  3. Hi Rudy,

    I'm using 600 DPI and knocking the image size down to 1100 x 700 pixels.
    It produces images ranging from 450 to 700 kilobytes in size.

    Is there more information I can provide that would help deduce either if
    I'm doing the scan wrong or if I need a more up-to-date scanner?

    Thank you!


    Patrick Briggs, Feb 19, 2006
  4. Patrick Briggs wrote:
    It is not the correct group - you could try:

    David J Taylor, Feb 19, 2006
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    There are some specific scanner groups such as
    alt.comp.periphs.scanner and
    comp.periphs.scanners (not the same group!)
    Paul Heslop, Feb 19, 2006
  6. What size photo are you scanning? Unless you are
    scanning a very small photo like 2" x 1" you
    aren't doing something right. If you expect you
    scanned photo to look like the printed photo, you
    need to scan at 600, which you said you are doing,
    and then print it without changing the resolution.
    I don't understand the "knocking it down to 1100
    x 700 pixels." And why would the size be 450-700
    kilobytes, if should be much larger?

    If you are scanning a 4x6 print then your pixel
    numbers are the equivalent of scanning at less
    than 200 which will give you a lousy print.

    If you want a scanned picture to have about the
    same quality as the photo being scanned, then scan
    it at 300-600 and print it at the same size as the

    Like others said ask in Comp.periphs.scanners
    George E. Cawthon, Feb 19, 2006
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