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  • 1. Photographing Old or Delicate Documents and Photography
    • Dick Eastman
    • October 22, 2011
  • 2. Today’s Slides
    • Available at
    • http://www.eogn.com/handouts/oldphotos
  • 3.
    • Traditionally, creating digital images of old photos and documents required scanners
  • 4. Scanners
  • 5. Advantages
    • Inexpensive
    • Readily Available
  • 6. Disadvantages
    • Scanning thousands of documents may be tedious
  • 7. Page feed scanners are even worse
    • Will work well in unattended mode but internal rollers may damage delicate documents.
  • 8. Ultimate Unattended Scanner: APT BookScan 1200
    • Will work well in unattended mode for books but not suitable for delicate books.
    • Expensive at $120,000.
  • 9. Use a scanner designed for books
    • Planetary scanners create minimal page damage.
    • Expensive at $10,000 and up.
  • 10. Use a scanner designed for books
    • Available in different models with different scanning speeds
    • Expensive at $15,000 and up.
  • 11. Another Option: Magic Wand
    • Great for bound books!
    • Battery operated
    • $99.95
    • Bed, Bath, and Beyond
    • BestBuy
    • Brookstone
    • Amazon.com
    • and other merchants
  • 12. Still Another Option: Flip-Pal
    • Great for scanning photographs!
    • Good for documents
    • Battery operated
    • $149.95
    • Mail order only, look at past reviews on www.eogn.com
  • 13. No Scanner? Use a Camera!
  • 14. My Favorite Camera For Documents?
    • Apple iPhone
  • 15. You can even add a Tripod for $20 or So
    • Tripods are available from many vendors. Perform a Google search or look on eBay.
  • 16. No Scanner? Use a Camera!
    • Genealogists can duplicate this for a fraction of the expense.
    • Use a camera stand and a high resolution camera.
  • 17. No Scanner? Use a Camera!
    • Genealogists can duplicate this for a fraction of the expense.
    • Use a camera stand and a high resolution camera.
  • 18. No Scanner? Use a Camera!
    • Genealogists can duplicate this for a fraction of the expense.
    • Use a camera stand and a high resolution camera.
  • 19. No Scanner? Use a Camera!
    • Best results are obtained with a slow shutter speed and lots of light.
  • 20. No Scanner? Use a Camera!
    • Prices vary from about $60 to…
  • 21. No Scanner? Use a Camera!
    • Prices vary from about $60 to…
    • $100 or more.
  • 22. You Don’t Need A Fancy Camera Stand!
    • Use a tripod
    • The secret for razor-sharp pictures is a steady platform
    • Don’t have fancy lights? Always remember that sunlight works best
  • 23. Recommendation
    • Use a slow shutter speed
    • And use lots of light!
    • Sunlight works best
  • 24. Top 10 Recommendations
    • Always back up your photos immediately!
    • Never, ever work on your original photo. Always make a copy.
    • Share your photos.
    • Use the auto buttons.
    • Crop creatively.
  • 25. Top 10 Recommendations
    • Take credit, quickly.
    • Black and white are beautiful.
    • Don’t use JPG or GIF or other, compressed formats for your working copy!
    • Open a photo and try all sorts of different things.
    • The best way to learn your photo editing program is to dive in.
  • 26. The BEST Photo Editing Software Is…
    • The free program that came with your scanner or camera
    • Free software you can download (GIMP or Picasa from Google)
    • Photoshop (very expensive)
    • Photoshop Elements for Windows or Macintosh (about $80)
  • 27. Why Not JPG or GIF?
    • When edited and re-saved, the image will always degrade a bit.
    • Use an uncompressed format, such as TIFF, to avoid problems.
    • However, you can always export in JPG, GIF, PNG, or other format to share with others.
  • 28. Today’s Slides
    • Available at
    • http://www.eogn.com/handouts/oldphotos