I am mainly a film and paper photographer: I take photos, process the film, and then make prints in the darkroom. The end product of what I do is most certainly a little paper.
But I would like to be able to show representations of these fingerprints in digital form (for example on the Internet …). I would be interested to know what is the best way to proceed, and how it is done professionally.
There are three obvious approaches:
- scan the neg (I can do it) and then process the digital copy so that it looks like the impression I would have made;
- take a very neat photo of the print by controlling the white balance and so on. (for a good representation of the color of the paper), and use it as an image;
- scan the impression with a flatbed scanner (this is really a variation of the previous approach).
The first is hard and unattractive: it takes a lot of work that does not interest me much to reproduce what I already do in the darkroom, and may or may not do a good job of representing what the l & # 39; impression really looks like.
The second I can do, and it should be easy enough. It's hard to keep prints flat, but I can matify them if need be.
I can not do the third one, but I could buy a flatbed scanner if that's clearly the best approach.
I would be interested to know two things.
- What do other people who have the same problem do but do not have access to the resources available, for example, to the creators of expensive photo books?
- How is it done professionally? If a good photo book is designed by a person whose product is a physical print and for whom the qualities of printing are important, how are these images currently being transformed into images on the page?