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Scan or copy via camera

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by wendell2643, Jun 7, 2006.

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  1. wendell2643

    wendell2643 Thread Starter

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    I have many old albums filled with old pictures that I would like to get onto my computer. I have scanned many of them, but it is a very time-consuming process. Somewhere I heard that photographing the pictures with a digital camera and uploading that image would be quicker. Perhaps I could even photograph a page at a time and not need to remove the prints from the album to do the job.
    Any suggestions -- is this a good way to go? How should I go about it?
    Thanks,
    Wendell
     
  2. prophoto

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    Copying the images vs scanning is called the "down and dirty method". That will work if you setup the camera carefully but for a better job, scanning is better although much, much slower, especially if you have lots of images.:p
    "Nothing beats a try but a failure".
     
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    As suggested above stick with the scanner if you want high quality output. I've been meaning to look into this myself by using a auto feed scanner since I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 photos and slides I want to do but haven't gotten around to researching them yet. Maybe someone can offer a suggestion on one.
     
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    wendell2643 Thread Starter

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    Thanks to both . . . guess I'll continue with the scanner.
     
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    I have scanned and also camera photo'd old photo's and both work fine for "snapshot" quality viewed on a PC screen. The scanned quality is much superior for prints, but then you would seldom duplicate a complete hardcopy of a whole album.
    To properly camera copy make a solid setup to hold the camera and the album.
    Example-set boards between two end tables to support the camera, provide adequat side lighting to prevent flash from reflecting-use the macro and/or magnification to just fill the viewscreen and I personally use the 10 second timer to prevent shaking the camera (I have minor hand tremors.) The results are just fine, sometimes hard to tell from the scanned versions on PC screen.
     
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