Scanning the future

Now that most photography is digital, it can be difficult to justify spending money on an optical scanner. But, although the technology is becoming dated, it's not dead yet, and there are professional and creative benefits to being able to turn prints, slides and paper directly into images.

Firstly, many agencies still have slide stock. Most of it will have been scanned for you, so when you order an image it's more likely you'll download it from a website than wait for a courier to deliver a transparency. But for some projects, photographers may still prefer to shoot with film - certain looks are very difficult to recreate digitally - and if you can do your scanning in-house you'll be saving fees and also gaining extra control over image output quality.

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