Hi there, USAir! I use a Minolta Diamage Scan Dual film scanner, its alright, but nothing to write home about. I plan to purchase a newer Nikon Coolscan when I upgrade my MAC.
Over head shots are a little tricky, the sample below was shot using 'shutter priorty' mode. I rarely use any type of auto mode, but I wanted a sharp shot. So I took a reading of the ground (I did this to assure a well lit underside, I still do not trust camera meters, especially with tricky shots like this, to this day I still carry a hand held meter), set my shutter speed to 1/250th, and an apature @ f8 and fired away. The softness is the result of a so, so scan, I'll probably delete this and re-scan, and re-submit
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Photo © Thomas Millard
I used a 28mm 2.8 lens to get this shot. I wanted the approach light in the shot to give some perspective.