On 09/02/2011, Tom Fine wrote:
> Hi Randal:
> This might be a perfect use for a Nikon DSLR with Nikon's
> remote-control software. Canon and others may now have similar
> systems, but I am only familiar with the Nikon. Basically, the Nkon
> camera becauses a USB capture device and the software controls camera
> parameters and can pull the image directly to the hard drive, directly
> into Photoshop with recent versions.
> That said, I've never tried it your way, I've always had very good
> results with a large-format scanner, late model Epson to be exact. My
> latest twist is to scan black and white back covers directly into
> Acrobat in OCR mode so that the text becomes searchable and
> exportable. It's not perfect but the results are legions better than
> they would have been a few years ago. I can't see how using a photo
> stand would get better or quicker results than a large-mode scanner.
> For the number of albums you're doing, surely there's budget for one
> of them. By the time you get set up to do the photo stand thing
> efficiently, you'll end up spending nearly as much for camera-control
> software, lighting, diffusion glass, etc.
A camera will be much faster than a scanner, but lower in resolution.
Are big enough scanners currently available? A 12" sleeve is wider than
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Randal Baier" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2011 4:44 PM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] create quality album cover photos
> 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.
> 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.
> Randal Baier
> Eastern Michigan University
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