I spent the last 3 weeks scanning all of my banknotes and updating the images in my registry sets along with reorganizing my database where I have them all cataloged. Whew! The pictures I had taken early on had always bugged me, not taken straight on, dark and just blah. While using scanned images has limitations, especially on the modern notes with their moire patterns, grids and other anticounterfeiting printing techniques that are there to deter scanning. That said I didn't let the presence of these modern features stop me, even if they can/will make scanned images seem mushy with lack of detail and clean sharp lines sometimes, on older notes this is much less of an issue. At any rate it was the lesser of two evils for me, as my photography skills and equipment are pretty much nonexistent at this time. In the end I feel a high quality image with proper lighting, equipment and technique taken from straight on would net the absolute best results. But, new photography equipment and the time needed to learn is not anywhere in my near future, so I'll happily use scanned images for now. As far as the time and effort to scan everything???? Was so damn worth it!
Here's some before and after.
Terrible angle. Trash.
Dark and out of focus. Weak!
Dingy looking and the note crooked in the holder. Why? You can see how the anti-scanning features make the modern notes look mushy sometimes.
What the hell? Why is this one pink? Pathetic.
Well, two thing's are obvious now that I'm actually looking at these side by side. One, I put almost zero time and effort into taking pictures and two, yes, scanning all my notes was well worth the time.