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