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Chapter 19. Working with Photographs > Scanning Instead of Shooting

Scanning Instead of Shooting

You don't always have to photograph the items you want to sell. If you're selling relatively flat items (books, comics, CDs, DVDs, and so on), you might be better off with a scanner than a camera. Just lay the object on a flatbed scanner and scan the item into a digital file on your computer. It's actually easier to scan something like a book or a DVD case than it is to take a picture of it—you don't have to worry about lighting or focus or any of that.

Here's something else—since your scanner operates just like a camera, you can scan practically anything you can fit on the glass. The item at hand doesn't even have to be perfectly flat. Just about any item in a box can be easily scanned, as can many other small objects. When it doubt, test it.


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