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Taking Pictures of Photos, Microfilm, Slides, and Film

Posted on Feb 15, 2012

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Digital Photography for the Genealogist     

Sometimes the easiest way to copy or preserve an image, document on microfilm, or slide is by taking a picture with a camera. Consider the following:


Common experiences (challenges) of photographing photos

  • Photos are tucked away in a trunk or glued in an album, etc.
  • Access to the photos requires owner to be there with you.
  • Sometimes photos are already in a book or magazine.
  • Photographs are best captured with a scanner. When scanner is not available, digital camera is next best thing.


Type of photos

  • Often black and white.
  • Tintypes and sepia toned portraits.
  • Postcards.
  • Color photographs.
  • Old neg

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Photographing Paper Documents

Posted on Feb 10, 2012

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Digital Photography for the Genealogist


Genealogists often have a need to capture a paper document. One inexpensive way to do this is with a digital camera. In this article we will discuss the methods used to best capture a digital photo of a paper document.


Photographing unbound pages

  • Mount your camera on a stand (if available), in shooting position.


  • Use a white sheet of paper, or a white painted cookie sheet:

-Set the pre-set white balance on your camera.

-Choose auto white balance if your camera doesn’t have a pre-set option.


  • Place your document in position and anchor it with magnets.


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Photographing as a Genealogist

Posted on Feb 08, 2012

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Digital Photography for the Genealogist

As a genealogist, you will surely come across the need to take pictures. Naturally, the goal will be to get the highest and best quality picture from your camera.
Most photography as a genealogist will be indoors. Common places include:

  • Libraries
  • Courthouses
  •  Museums
  •  Historical societies
  • Homes
  • Family reunions

Other places where documents and pictures are located
 The types of things you will photograph will include documents and existing photographs.  Some will be black and white, some gray scale, and some will be in color. Some will be in books, some will be unbound. Others will be old and brittle, or so fragile that they are stored and viewed in a room where they won’t le

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Capturing Better Photos

Posted on Feb 03, 2012

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Digital Photography for the Genealogist

Within genealogy, a photo can be used to document our sources and provide depth to our family history as we record and tell our history.  As genealogists, we photograph documents, books, places, people, cemeteries, etc. The only boundaries are within your mind. If you’re like me, photographs decorate my home and office. Photographs are part of every medium we consume, from books and magazines to newspapers and calendars.   Pictures communicate our thoughts and feelings.
Have you ever thought about why you like certain photographs?  The answers are relatively simple, and you can improve your images by following a few basic rules you will use a majority of the time.
Rule 1: Get in close
Get in as close as possible, thereby eliminating anything

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Saving and naming your photos

Posted on Feb 01, 2012

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Digital Photography for the Genealogist

Moving photos from your camera to your computer
 There are several ways to transfer photos, and they’re all relatively simple.
USB cable: Connect your camera directly to any PC or printer. Since newer products have USB ports, you can transfer photos to nearly any computer or printer with ease.
Memory card:  Remove the memory card from your camera and insert it into a card slot on your printer or a card reader on your PC. Its small size and portability make the memory card great for on-the-go printing.
Camera dock: Set your camera in this device and transfer photos to your PC with the press of a button. The dock also charges your camera’s rechargeable batteries, and connects to a TV for slideshows

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