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Scanning old magazines?

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Scanning old magazines?

Post by ivmilicevic » 07 Mar 2015, 15:41

Hello everyone, I have recently acquired bunch of old computer/gaming/electronics magazines from a friend who decided to throw them out. I want to scan and digitize those magazines. I tried cardboard box technique and results aren't so great(Sample after cropping in Picasa, no modifications). Pages seem to be tilted for a few degrees, text is hard to read, lightning isn't consistent. For camera I'm using Nikon L320, not a DSLR, it's superzoom point-n-shoot. I want something that gives better quality than this, and it's relatively cheap to build(20-30$). Also, glossy pages could be problem because reflection of the light from pages and glass. Has anyone built something like this or should I just go with slow flatbed scanner?

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Re: Scanning old magazines?

Post by victoriaaustralia » 08 Mar 2015, 01:20

Glare is about camera to light angle. This thread has a bit on it:
http://diybookscanner.org/forum/viewtop ... gle#p18081

However there was thread with a lovely diagram demonstrating safe and non-safe locations for the camera in relation to the light.
Edit - Found it:
http://diybookscanner.org/forum/viewtop ... 728#p15238

Which then informs this image:
from this thread:
http://diybookscanner.org/forum/viewtop ... gle#p15278

The keystoning (warping) is about camera centering over the page.
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