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Basic Scanning Guide: For Photographers and Other Creative Types Paperback – 17 Apr 2001

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About the Author

Rob Sheppard is a photographer and videographer who says his favorite location is the one he is in at any time. He is the author/photographer of hundreds of articles about photography, and more than 35 books. Sheppard is a well-known speaker and workshop leader, and a Fellow with the North American Nature Photography Association. He was the long-time editor of the prestigious Outdoor Photographer magazine and helped start PCPhoto (Digital Photo). Presently he is editor-at-large for Outdoor Photographer. Visit his website ( and blog (

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HASH(0x9f1d6918) out of 5 stars If you've never used a computer, buy this book 15 Feb. 2001
By Ryan. S - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after seeing it recommended in Outdoor Photographer magazine. I didn't notice at the time the conflict of interest (the auther of the book, Rob Sheppard, is the editor of Outdoor Photography). I would only recommend this book to someone who has never used computers before (perhaps that is what the subtitle of the book was trying to hint at, "For Photographers and Other Creative Types").
For a suggested retail of $17.95US, you get 188 paragraphs (not pages). Many of the paragraphs are repeated many times, for example paragraphs 67, 76, 88, and 100 all have almost identical text reminding the reader to pay attention to where the scanned image is being saved. Paragraphs 68, 77, 89, and 101 all have almost identical text telling the reader to start the scan and throw it away and start over again if it doesn't come out as desired. And there are more examples of this.
I think that most people who buy scanners will only find at most 20 paragraphs in this book usefull, and it can all be found for free online.
I was hoping for a book that discussed color management and workflows. A book that described in detail all of the common controls that most scanners have such as gain, color, histigram, focus, more discussion on resolutions (there is some), etc.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f1d6990) out of 5 stars Basics for Beginners 15 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is just the kind of book that I needed. I've been photographing for a long time with 35mm camera, and have considered going digital. But, this book has helped me understand how a scanner works, and shows me how I can get great quality scanning my 35 mm prints and slides. The step by step photos and simple explanations are very helpful.I think that the book is a little overpriced for only 96 pages, which is why I rate it 4 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f27c948) out of 5 stars Out of date 11 Sept. 2008
By Bob from Seattle - Published on
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This is a well written book, as are all of Rob Sheppard's books. However, scanning has changed a LOT since the book was written. So, I would class this as a great reference, but not up with the current technology.
HASH(0x9f1d6a68) out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 July 2015
By Luis Fernando Ochoa - Published on
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Very good
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