Anyone is welcome in this course. This course is taught from the instructor's perspective as a designer and a photographer, and also from the wider perspective of someone who just likes to make and create stuff. All you need is a new or used scanner, resourcefulness, creativity, and purpose.
- So to get the most out of this course, you don't actually need too much. You're gonna need a desktop scanner, and your scanner's gonna need to be able to talk to your computer. And you'll also want some kind of photo software. I'm gonna be using Photoshop and Lightroom, and if you've got either or both of those programs, great. And if not, just use whatever you've got. I mean, even really basic photo software that'll be able to handle most of the kinds of visual and thematic tuneups that I'm gonna be talking about here. Also, if you have a scanner that can scan film negatives, and if you also have a film-using camera, there are two or three videos where those are involved.
And, yes, those videos, they're optional. And if you don't have the right equipment, don't worry about it. But I'm telling ya, once you see how easy and how fun it is to use even a cheap plastic camera for this kind of thing, I'm thinking you might just be tempted to do some shopping. Okay, beyond that, of course, and getting back to our scanners themselves, you'll need things to scan, and I've got a whole video on that coming up a little bit later. So that's pretty much it in terms of the main stuff that you're gonna need for this course. Now let me just give you a quick rundown of how this course is organized.
I'm gonna give you the big picture look at things. The first chapter is foundational material. It's specific info about scanning equipment and scanning software, and the kinds of things that you might wanna scan. Chapter two is where we get acquainted with lots of good-to-know scanning setup techniques. Followed by a look at some post scanning digital treatments, all of which is know-how that you're gonna be able to use and practice and expand upon for the rest of this course.
Oh, and there is one sort of outlier video at the end of chapter two, and it's worth mentioning. Okay, I come from a graphic design background, and I couldn't help but add a video that's purely on visual composition, you know, aesthetic principles in other words. And it's for those of you who might want just a little bit of help in terms of building good-looking scenes for your scanner to record. And then there's chapter three, and that one's nothing but one fun and challenging project after another, just for you.
And don't be surprised, after all is said and done in chapter three, if you find yourself looking at a whole crop of sharable, frameable, and bragworthy images once the dust has settled, especially if you bring all the passion and persistence, and resourcefulness that you possibly can to these projects. And, last, conveniently, we're gonna wrap up in chapter four with a look at some specific ways of sharing your images, as well as ways of incorporating your scanography skills into your overall professional repertoire, and also ways of advancing your scanning skills even further in the future.
Alright then, let's get going, onto chapter one.
- Working with scanning equipment
- Scanning resolution and cropping
- Advanced digital treatments of scans
- Building a creature with a scanner
- Creating a collage with a scanner
- Scanning botanical specimens from your yard
- Creating a GIF using your scanner
- Processing film negatives with a scanner
- Professional uses for scanography