On 09/02/2011, Randal Baier wrote:
> I'd like to ask my esteemed colleagues how to get quality album images
> using a decent digital camera and a good copy stand.
> Our library archives is doing a digitization project involving the
> photographing of about 1200 albums, mostly 33 1/3 LPs, but some 78s.
> We're using a copy stand and plan to get a diffuser (or museum) glass
> so that the albums can be flat. We do have a light meter and a good
> digital camera, so really the preparation and proper workflow is what
> I'm interested in.
> We're hoping that image capture rather than scanning will get us
> better results.
That depends on the resolution of the sensor. Any current
professional-grade DSLR should be OK, or possibly a Sony NEX-5.
A macro lens will do close work without distortion, but many current
cameras can correct the distortion of their standard lenses.
> This is just a request for upfront advice so we can capture these
> images properly.
> I'm pretty impressed with the images on the Birka Jazz Archive site,
> for instance. We need to capture images in high res formats for both
> web display and projection.
Neither of those is really high res, unless the viewer will be able to
zoom in on the web image, or download a higher res version.
See the flickr site for examples - the "Original" size is usually fairly
You may need polarizing filters to remove reflections from shiny covers.
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