I’ll incorporate this in the photography FAQ, but wanted to have it on the GD forum for a bit to catch eyeballs which don’t visit the Tech Forum.
Using a flatbed scanner is one good way to substitute for a digital camera, but . . . .
(1) Use the bundled software or another application to crop, lighten, orient or otherwise enhance the image for posting.
(2) Draping neutral colored cloth over boxes or rounds in profile goes a long way to helping the color saturation and brightness of the images and block ambient light whether the scanner cover is up or down. This is particularly useful when one is trying to capture a headstamp and profile in the same pass.
(3) To capture good detail in a headstamp, cut an “X” in some cloth or even a piece of paper and use this to block ambient light and fit this over the base of the cartridge, leaving the base the only structured part of the image.