Photography should be photography – but scanning is what?
Your own mini microscope
Desktop scanner – an under used item
I’ve always had a particular fancy for scanning 3D objects on a flat-bed. Eye sight is a wonderful thing but you can’t really see the finer detail of things even with a hand lens. Scanning can give some useful results for which you might otherwise need a fine microscope or a v high res camera. The results can vary because of the fixed focus, so results can be hit and miss but mostly there’s usually something of interest brought out.
These two deceased beauties were rescued from greenhouse corners and scanned in quite a few years ago, using a small Canon Lide 30 bought as part of the bargain bundle with the Minolta DiMage.
Although these are photographic cheats they have their use. Found objects that you can zoom in further on the computer and enjoy without any particular tech knowledge.