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Erica McPhee:
Great suggestions so far! I would suggest Photoshop Elements to get started. It is fairly robust and probably all you need.

Also, all digital cameras are not "finished" straight out of the camera. They need a small amount of post-processing to adjust light and remove haze, etc. This is akin to what the photo processing stores would do with your film. No matter how good your exposure is, you will most likely still need a bit of tweaking - especially if you are photographing artwork with say a white paper background.

If you are still having trouble, shoot me a PM and I can try to help (I have been a professional photographer for years). You can send me the originals and I can adjust an crop appropriately.

BTW, Congrats on the feature!

Arabic calligraphy:
In regards to digitizing your calligraphy work, I have a few suggestions that may help get higher quality scans without the fuzziness:

Taking photos in RAW format is a good move, as RAW captures more image data than JPEG. This will give you more flexibility in post-processing.

Make sure to take photos in a well-lit area with soft, diffuse lighting to avoid harsh shadows or glare. Daylight near a window is ideal.

Use a tripod to keep the camera steady and avoid any camera shake when shooting. Even a basic tripod can help.

Consider investing in a scanner dedicated for artwork if you plan to digitize pieces regularly. Flatbed or overhead scanners are designed specifically for capturing detailed artwork and documents with higher dpi than a regular printer scanner.

Photoshop would be a step up from Pixelmator for post-processing scans and photos. Things like selective adjustment layers and tone curves can help bring out detail and reduce graininess.

When scanning or photographing, fill as much of the frame as possible with your artwork. Cropping unnecessarily in post can cause more loss of quality.

Hope this helps provide some suggestions! Let me know if taking photos in RAW format or trying a dedicated scanner helps resolve the fuzziness issue. Upgrading your software and equipment over time can make a big difference.

Erica McPhee:
Excellent tips! Lots has changed since 2018. I would recommend Adobe Lightroom Classic as an excellent way to view WYSWYG (what you see is what you get). And I find much easier than learning photoshop.

I particularly like your tip to capture the whole artwork. However, I would caution to be ware of perspective if photographing versus scanning. Scanning will capture the full rectangle while a photograph will create some skewing even if directly on. :)

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