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Gun photos - Anyone ever SCAN their guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Lightsped, Sep 22, 2003.

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  1. Lightsped

    Lightsped Member

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    My scanner is not hooked up, but I was thinking how would scanning a gun turn out? It is difficult to get the right lighting with a regular camera, but how would a scanner do?

    Anyone ever tried scanning a gun?
     
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    It works but it isn't pretty. You tend to get some wierd colors in the shadows. Stainless seem to work a little better than blued guns.

    Bill
     
  3. P95Carry

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    Yep ... tried it long ago and yes, it works .... surprising in fact how much depth of field you get.

    However, whether you use std white background or introduce some colored paper ..... most scanners screw up color balance somewhat. To use a scanned image usually means a session on the pic in PhotoShop or similar to rebalance etc.

    MUCH better tho to shoot digi cam.:)
     
  4. Old Fuff

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    Just for fun, I scanned a small revolver. The gun came out fine. Detail was excellent at 600 DPI, but the background was way off. Still, it will work, and I'd say it is worth experimenting. Try different backgrounds.
     
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    Another thought just came too me. This would be a good way to make pictures for insurance or identification purposes. The background wouldn't matter.
     
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    The pic actually looks pretty good.
     
  8. TrapperReady

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    Not the whole thing, but I scanned a bolt on an '03A3, for use when asking a question about it.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Justin

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    It can be done, and the results can actually be alright if you're willing to experiment a little.

    The biggest thing is what you cover the gun with for a background. Plain white or black can mess up the image, depending on what sort of gun you're scanning. The best thing to do is just try scanning a gun with different materials on it- get creative, use shirts or towels with varying degrees of colors.

    Also be prepared to do some color-correction in PhotoShop or PSP.
     
  10. Zundfolge

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    Yep. Since my digital camera sucks, I find the scanner does a better job (although not as good as a half ways decent digital camera).

    If you have Photoshop you can balance the image out a little better.
     
  11. MAKOwner

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    Yeah, I've scanned a couple handguns, works as good as the crappy digital camera I had (for all of one day before it died...)
     
  12. 12GA

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    No digital camera means that I make do with the scanner. I've had varying degrees of success but have not experimented yet with different backgrounds. :scrutiny:
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    In my pre-digital and I'm-too-lazy-to-wait-for-film-developing days, I did this (with Photoshop editing):

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  14. Trisha

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    I don't have a digital camera - everything I've posted of my handguns was just off of my HP flatbed.

    Trisha
     
  15. J Miller

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    Here is my 25-5. It's the best image of all my guns. Just can't seem to get the lighting right on my cameras.[​IMG]
     

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    Here are a couple of experimental scans I did - note the interesting floating bullet effect on the Makarov picture...

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  18. BHPshooter

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    Yep, I've scanned my pistol. I can't ever seem to get my Dad's digi-cam to focus correctly, so I either have to take a pic with my old SLR and have it put on a picture CD or scan my gun. Here's the scan.

    Wes

    EDIT: it appears that I've already posted this particular pic, so you can see it here: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=34941
     
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