On September 19, 2012, Legacy Family Tree offered one of its series of webinars. The subject of this webinar was how to use a digital camera to make very good copies of documents, presented by Mary E.V. Hill. You can purchase a CD of this webinar at Legacy Family Tree.
Ms. Hill states that there are only four basic functions that you will need to control (using function wheel) in order to make great copies, and she shows you how to set each one (great visuals):
- Flash on/off
- Macro or Tulip (close-up)
- Film speed -- International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
- White balance (to get the best possible color)
flip-out LCD preview screen. This allows you to easily shoot from the different angles.
Finally, Ms. Hill suggests several accessories to make your digital camera document photographing go very smoothly. First, a copy stand can give you stability and hands-free, close-up, stable picture-taking. Second, a camera clamp (such as the Sunpak ClampPod Pro) allows you to a fix your camera on to a microfilm reader in order to photograph the projected image. Ms. Hill goes through this process in the webinar, showing you where to clamp the camera for the best shots. A third recommended accessory is the tripod. Ms. Hill suggests that you consider selecting a tripod with a reversible center pole which allows you get closer to an image in certain situations while keeping everything in focus.
While researching where to purchase some of the accessories mentioned above, I came across a helpful hand-out from Harold McClendon on this same subject of photographing documents with a digital camera. Mr. McClendon reviews the same features needed in a camera, as Ms. Hill does, and explains each one. I find reading about the same subject by several authors helps my learning. Mr. McClendon also demonstrates how to use photo editing software to enhance document copies taken with a digital camera.
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