Scanography – Photography using a scanner

Scanography, more commonly known as scanner photography, is a photography process that uses a scanner to make digital images instead of a camera. I was first introduced to scanography a couple of years ago in a photography class at my university. There were two things that really took me by surprise. The first thing was how much detail a good scanner could capture. I chose flowers for my subject that I wanted to capture, and some of them are so small that you would not be able to see the details the scanner captured with your eye. The second thing that surprised me was the intense shallow depth of field that happens when you scan an object. As you can see in the images below, the only part of the image that is in focus is whatever was directly touching the glass.

The blue flower in this next picture was about the size of a pencil eraser! I was so small, but the scanner still picked up so much detail.

This image was really fun to make, but it was also a challenge. One of the hardest parts of scanography is editing out all of the dirt and scratches from the scanner glass. There was quite a bit of dust in between all the pine needles, but this picture is by far my favorite of them all.


Even though scanography does not use a traditional camera, it is still an amazing way to photography things. I love how this kind of photography allows you to see things in a whole new way.

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