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    For example, taking photo for driving license, NRIC or simply a flat printed photo. I always have this problem, the document would turn out to be an ovary shape instead of a flat straight shape as original.

    What I want to achieve is to have the picture of a "scanned" image of the document. However, I cannot use scanner as it is too slow.

    Is there any recommendation from you guys?

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    Default Re: [Help]Taking photo for a document

    do not use a WA lens

    use a macro lens like a 90mm with a tripod

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    Scanner is still the best.

    Other choice is macro lens. Maybe can try nikon 105mm f2.8 VR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artosoft
    Scanner is still the best.

    Other choice is macro lens. Maybe can try nikon 105mm f2.8 VR?

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    er...how you know he using nikon camera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by westwest1
    er...how you know he using nikon camera?
    Err...how do you know if he using other than nikon???

    Suggestion only, not to be exact. Alternative similar is ok .

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    Default Re: [Help]Taking photo for a document

    this type of work is called copy work, all you need is a 50~60mm (for A4 and above) or 90~105mm (for A5 and smaller) macro lens, most of the time the camera is mounted on a copy stand and the set up looks like a darkroom enlarger.

    for a simple set up, just paste the doc on to wall and camera mount on tripod, must keep the lens perpenticular to the document, so no distortions.

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: [Help]Taking photo for a document

    How about using photoshop? Another alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hongjone
    How about using photoshop? Another alternative.
    AFAIK, Photoshop is an image editing software.

    You need to capture the image as an input for photoshop (if you want to use photoshop). And that's the TS asking on how to capture the image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artosoft
    AFAIK, Photoshop is an image editing software.

    You need to capture the image as an input for photoshop (if you want to use photoshop). And that's the TS asking on how to capture the image.

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    Alamak, you're right! Let me rephrase my post.
    First, you take the picture (try not to use a WA), then if it's still too "ovary", try using the PS to stretch it a bit. I do it sometimes as a quick and dirty solution for sending documents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hongjone
    Alamak, you're right! Let me rephrase my post.
    First, you take the picture (try not to use a WA), then if it's still too "ovary", try using the PS to stretch it a bit. I do it sometimes as a quick and dirty solution for sending documents.
    Can.... can be done .

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    I was just thinking. What about backing up from the photo, don't take it so close. Then crop it. This might keep it from turning out so "ovary"

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    Default Re: [Help]Taking photo for a document

    you need Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AFD or similar macro lens... although any normal lens with 50mm-100mm will be suitable. i personally use my 35mm f/2 for copywork.

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    thanks everyone for such a prompt reply!

    dun be suprised....I was using a normal webcam only. Seems like a micro len is needed. My F707 also have the "micro function". Just curious, for those digital camera, these micro function is it built in or they actually make use of this special micro len that's add on to it?

    How about 1.3mega pixel kind of webcam?

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