Tombstone Photography       Dick Eastman    29 September 2012
Today’s Presentation is Available           Online at:  http://www.eogn.com/handouts/to              mbstone
Tombstone Photography• I have an unusual hobby:  – I collect tombstones
Tombstone Photography
Tombstone Photography• Today’s objectives:  – To show you some of my collection  – To show you how I collected these images
What is the appropriate camera?• Lots of pixels (6 megapixels or more)• A good lens
What is the appropriate camera?Pocket Camera?   Or an SLR?
What is the appropriate camera?
Use a Tripod!• The secret for razor-sharp pictures is a steady  platform  – Don’t move!
Use a Tripod!
Or a Monopod
How to Make the Letters Readable?
How to Make the Letters Readable?
How to Make the Letters Readable?• There are two classic recommendations but both are  controversial!   – Chalk   – Shavin...
• “One bird feasting on  mulberries will leave more  acids on a tombstone than a  case of shaving cream!”
How to Make the Letters Readable?• Spray some water on the tombstone!
How to Make the Letters Readable?
Sometimes You Get Lucky
Sometime You Get Lucky
How NOT to Make the Letters Readable
Tombstone Photography
Recommendation:• Use a slow shutter speed• And use lots of light!
If the area is shady, bounce some                light!
If the area is shady, bounce some                light!
If the area is shady, bounce some                light!
If the area is shady, bounce some                light!
If the area is shady, bounce some                light!
Add Depth of Field! How Big is That          Tombstone?
Add Depth of Field! How Big is That          Tombstone?
Tombstone?
Some Example Photographs
Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the        Deceased or the Family
Some Example Photographs
Some Example Photographs
Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the        Deceased or the Family
Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the        Deceased or the Family
Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the        Deceased or the Family
Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the        Deceased or the Family
Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the        Deceased or the Family
You Might Find a Family Tree on a          Tombstone
You Might Find a Family Tree on a          Tombstone
Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the        Deceased or the Family
Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the        Deceased or the Family
Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the        Deceased or the Family
Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the        Deceased or the Family
Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the        Deceased or the Family
Tombstones Sometimes Provide Puzzles!
Tombstones Sometimes Provide Puzzles!
Tombstones Sometimes Provide Puzzles!
Some Unusual Tombstones
Some Unusual Tombstones
Some Unusual Tombstones
Some Unusual Tombstones
Some Unusual Tombstones
Tombstone Photography
Some Unusual Tombstones
Some Unusual Tombstones
Some Unusual Tombstones
Tombstone Photography
Tombstone Photography
Today’s Presentation is Available           Online at:  http://www.eogn.com/handouts/to              mbstone
Tombstone photography
Tombstone photography
Tombstone photography
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  1. 1. Tombstone Photography Dick Eastman 29 September 2012
  2. 2. Today’s Presentation is Available Online at: http://www.eogn.com/handouts/to mbstone
  3. 3. Tombstone Photography• I have an unusual hobby: – I collect tombstones
  4. 4. Tombstone Photography
  5. 5. Tombstone Photography• Today’s objectives: – To show you some of my collection – To show you how I collected these images
  6. 6. What is the appropriate camera?• Lots of pixels (6 megapixels or more)• A good lens
  7. 7. What is the appropriate camera?Pocket Camera? Or an SLR?
  8. 8. What is the appropriate camera?
  9. 9. Use a Tripod!• The secret for razor-sharp pictures is a steady platform – Don’t move!
  10. 10. Use a Tripod!
  11. 11. Or a Monopod
  12. 12. How to Make the Letters Readable?
  13. 13. How to Make the Letters Readable?
  14. 14. How to Make the Letters Readable?• There are two classic recommendations but both are controversial! – Chalk – Shaving cream• Many genealogists believe that both will damage a tombstone but some scientists disagree.
  15. 15. • “One bird feasting on mulberries will leave more acids on a tombstone than a case of shaving cream!”
  16. 16. How to Make the Letters Readable?• Spray some water on the tombstone!
  17. 17. How to Make the Letters Readable?
  18. 18. Sometimes You Get Lucky
  19. 19. Sometime You Get Lucky
  20. 20. How NOT to Make the Letters Readable
  21. 21. Tombstone Photography
  22. 22. Recommendation:• Use a slow shutter speed• And use lots of light!
  23. 23. If the area is shady, bounce some light!
  24. 24. If the area is shady, bounce some light!
  25. 25. If the area is shady, bounce some light!
  26. 26. If the area is shady, bounce some light!
  27. 27. If the area is shady, bounce some light!
  28. 28. Add Depth of Field! How Big is That Tombstone?
  29. 29. Add Depth of Field! How Big is That Tombstone?
  30. 30. Tombstone?
  31. 31. Some Example Photographs
  32. 32. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  33. 33. Some Example Photographs
  34. 34. Some Example Photographs
  35. 35. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  36. 36. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  37. 37. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  38. 38. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  39. 39. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  40. 40. You Might Find a Family Tree on a Tombstone
  41. 41. You Might Find a Family Tree on a Tombstone
  42. 42. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  43. 43. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  44. 44. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  45. 45. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  46. 46. Tombstones Often Provide Clues About the Deceased or the Family
  47. 47. Tombstones Sometimes Provide Puzzles!
  48. 48. Tombstones Sometimes Provide Puzzles!
  49. 49. Tombstones Sometimes Provide Puzzles!
  50. 50. Some Unusual Tombstones
  51. 51. Some Unusual Tombstones
  52. 52. Some Unusual Tombstones
  53. 53. Some Unusual Tombstones
  54. 54. Some Unusual Tombstones
  55. 55. Tombstone Photography
  56. 56. Some Unusual Tombstones
  57. 57. Some Unusual Tombstones
  58. 58. Some Unusual Tombstones
  59. 59. Tombstone Photography
  60. 60. Tombstone Photography
  61. 61. Today’s Presentation is Available Online at: http://www.eogn.com/handouts/to mbstone
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