Ultra high res scans with camera

I’ve just completed a few projects where I used the Nikon D800, a 36 megapixel camera as a digital scanner. The ultra high resolution is great as a tool to get the best possible detail of objects.

BW Camera Scans of Sally Griffin negatives.

BW Camera Scans of Sally Griffin negative. A photograph of Rachel Power.

With a macro lens and extension tubes, I was able to scan 35mm black and white negatives over a lightbox. I then converted the negative images into positives in Lightroom. One of the benefits of this technique is that you get the whole neg with the sprocket holes and a black border. I remember we used to print this way when I was a student – we’d use oversized negative carriers to get this same effect! Sally has posted some of her photography work, with an essay about artist Tony Fomison on her site.

Jane Hyder artwork camera copy scan. Published with permission from the artist.

Professional Artist Jane Hyder artwork camera copy scan. Published with permission from the artist.

I’ve used a studio setup in the past to photograph artworks in the past. The main challenge with reflective surfaces is to use a polariser on the lens and black out the studio environment. I’ve had to create a black light tent at times for tricky works (especially behind glass).

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