If you're into photography but don't have a great camera, or maybe if
you just fancy something different, then scanography is a great
technique to try. Scanner art, or scanography, is a fun and ethereal method of creating photograph-like art with your scanner.
1. Set Up Your Scanner
Open the scanner’s properties (usually in devices and printers)
Make sure the resolution, or dots-per-inch (dpi), is set to the highest it can
go. In the case of this example, 600 dpi. Be aware that some scanners, like mine, will reset
the dpi after every scan so you may need to do this each time. Your colour
format may be able to change and have weird and wonderful options. Feel free to
experiment with those, but as my scanner is basic and boring I’ll demonstrate
using the ‘colour’ option.
2. Set Up Your Image
If you want a different background to your picture than the plain scanner one, you can stick your own on with Blu Tack.
Next, add the items you want to include in your image. Remember that the image is being taken from below, so place things upside down. I’ve used buttons as an example here:
You can try anything from old books, coins (see below) or whatever you have lying around the house. This is what the buttons produced when scanned:
World coins on a map background works quite nicely too:
It’s interesting that despite the lack of depth of field using this method, you can get some semblance of it by adding a background, because your scanner will focus on the item on its plate and not on the picture you’ve stuck to the top.
3. Get Arty
You don’t just have to position items on the scanner, why not try yourself… and no, I don’t mean sitting on the photo-copier at the Christmas party! Self-portraits can become ethereal and have an almost, underwater quality to them:
If you can draw (I can't!), try cutting out scenes and laying them on the scanner for some great silhouette effects. You don't have to have the lid down either, dragging something along the plate as it scans can give some really eerie blurring effects!
You might not have even realised you have a scanner,
but many home printers include scanners now too. This method allows you to
be creative, it's fun and can get some great results!