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Well, what I usually do is pin the paper to a cork board or similar (to keep it flat), set the white balance in the camera based of the paper I'm shooting (if you don't have a manual white balance setting just pick the closest preset) and take the shot. If I can be bothered I'll even put the camera on a Tripod so that I can line up the paper properly.
As for the pins in the corner of the page I just edit them out after.
If using a tripod you don't need to worry about having a bright light shining on your papers (which may cause shadows on some creases) since you can just allow the camera to use a slower shutter speed.
Well I've used iPhones and now a Windows Phone, and I rarely install apps. So even if I had an Android phone, I'd not install this. I only use the browser and email apps irrespective of the phone I use!
I don't know much about IE on Windows phone but Safari on the iPhone is terrible, when I was on iOS I avoided it at any cost. Any particular reason for avoiding apps or you're just too lazy to be arsed into installing any?
Part of it is being lazy, the other bit is I am not very tech-savvy when it comes to using gadgets (mostly due to lack of interest). Kinda ironic I guess given that I spend most of my time writing code, including on mobile devices.
That said, I did get a Nexus 7 for my son and helped him install several games. So I am familiar with Google's app store.
I set the camera on a tripod and use long exposure times. I've succeeded in 'scanning' even nearly unreadable papers using this method. This works even in a dark room, given the exposure times are long enough, and the sensor in your camera is powerful enough.
I use a DSLR though, but I presume that even a point-and-shoot camera should be able to produce good results.
PS: You'll need to do some post processing. But it will be simple enough, and you could get it done with something like Picasa or Paint .NET.
I've never had much luck with that, Brady. Glare, color shifts, keystoning, or some other damned thing always interferes. The best I've managed so far happened yesterday, when I needed to get a signed document on company letterhead to a government agency in a hurry. The scanner isn't working, the document is in Word format, and the fax machine is too poor quality to serve. So I signed the printed document, photographed my signature with my phone, emailed the picture to myself, cropped, resized, rotated and color-corrected the image on my desktop, then pasted it into the Word document. It looked as good as the original, so I pdf'd it and emailed it off, and no one has questioned its validity.
I do plan to keep my signature file locked in my safe, on a thumb drive, and no images of it on my desktop.
It's typically a very manual feature on most new cameras. I've pulled off some great shots using it. My professional photographer friend showed me that he carried around a white sheet of paper in his pocket. When in strange or bad lighting, he would whip it out at arm's length to set the white balance, then get his picture.
I didn't mean it in a mean way, I'm just surprised at the amount of people that discuss the same issue on all sorts of forums, and rarely do people ever mention this feature.
My biggest problem is paralax. I can't seem to get the picture parallel to the document. It always looks skewed; now that is going to take a tripod, which will only happen after payday, or just lots of practice, and a trip to the local print shop for the currently needed scan. It's still interesting though and I will continue as a little hobby.
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