Fashion Pictures and Camscanner

Hello again! I wanted to give you guys some more examples of what Camscanner can do and some of the pitfalls. 

This is Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century from he collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute. It’s a great resource for pictures of outfits throughout the ages and information about those outfits and why they were significant for the time. Even if you’re not a history buff, this book is a great reference for designing costumes for period productions. 

Here are some pictures taken at random in my room. As you can see, some of the pictures still have the edges of the book in them as the pages get closer to the binding. That’s one issue with Camscanner: if your source is curved there’s amount of stretching Camscanner can do. You may also notice some shadows. If you’re going to use Camscanner, you need excellent lighting. I’ve used the lightening feature on some of these photos and they’re still not as bright as I’d like them to be. 

Here are two more photos that include text. Again, the curves of the source and the shadows are a problem. If you wanted notes on the actual text of this particular book, you should use a different tool. Another issue you might notice with all of these pictures is their relative graininess. Sadly, when it comes to research, pictures taken from a phone or an iPad (as these were) are not always up to snuff. For notes they’re usually fine, but f you want to use the pictures in a presentation or an official document it would most likely be better off with a flatbed scanner or a better quality camera. 
If you want other sources on fashion history, The History of Modern Fashion:  From 1850 by Daniel James Cole and Nancy Deihl, Fashion and the Art of Pochoir: The Golden Age of Illustration in Paris by April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary, and Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style by April Calahan, Karen Trivette Cannell, and Anna Sui all have great reviews.


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