spamsickle wrote:I'm not sure why you're trying to take macro photographs. My own experience has been that macro gives me barrel distortion when photographing books. Though I imagine univurshul's "go to" software, Lightroom 3, has something that fixes it, my preference is to avoid it in the first place.
Yep, the compact cameras generally minimize lens distortion. Don't quote me on this, but unless you're working with a flat-field lens, nearly every
lens has a natural distortion. iPhone 4 has distortion, even the A590IS Canon has lens distortion; after testing its images through Lightroom 3, I've noticed that the x and y axises on the image within ScanTailor processing clean up even more precise upon deskew, even with a compact camera. Treatment of photographs in LR3 with a simple lens correction preset is the best way to deal with issues like this in book scanning--because LR3 batch processes multiple settings & edits across all book pages (as opposed to one by one). Backing off the zoom as an attempt to flatten the image introduces more problems than what it's worth.
ibr4him, If you're after quality, at the moment, LR3 is a tool to be considered as a precurser to ST.
The thinking assumes if you own a $500+ camera, you might as well have a $75 image editor app to boot.