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Like null said, you don't want a tripod. In a studio environment it's just in the way too much. What you want is a camera stand. A camera stand has a small base with wheels to move it easily and a vertical pole that a platform and/or arm hangs off of to which you can mount your camera. Takes up little space, is very maneuverable in the tight spaces of a ...


I don't think that you want to use a tripod at all. For easier work, you want to place the product on some kind of table. Adjusting a tripod to point the camera on something on the table can be hard. Even if the middle column of the arm can act as a boom and be adjusted at an angle. A tripod provides a sturdy base at the cost of the space for three legs, ...


I've seen a piece of equipment that helps work around the problem of having to open the books flat. It was pretty fancy but you might be able to make something up yourself. It consisted of a pair of glass sheets set at 90 degrees to each other and mounted so that the joining edge was uppermost (like an inverted V). The book is opened and placed face down on ...


Other answers are generally good. This is intended to be complementary. I photographed old but not ancient documents (1900 on) in a library. These were for a church 100 year anniversary so quality had to be good but not utterly archival. For practical purposes the results were indistinguishable from originals by mere mortals. I could set up equipment in a ...


You might check with any local university archives, historical societies, or libraries with historical documents for advice. You might also check with any local hobbyist photography groups in the area. There might be someone who can walk you through the first few photos then set you loose. You get good at photography by taking lots of photos, it's a simple ...


My 2 cents. 1) Use the longest focal range you can, the longest lens and/or the furthest distance you can setup. This is to reduce perspective distortion and chromatic aberrations. 2) You can construct a "table" made of MDF or something similar. You can set it at an angle so you can be far away with your camera but at the same time the document stays in ...


I've taken pictures of documents recently. While in my case there was no requirement to have high quality pictures, I decided to try to aim for the most detailed and noise free pictures possible. To get the most detail, you should use the largest focal length available and take pictures from as close as possible, but such that you can still focus on the ...


These are the Canon lenses which can use "B" tripod rings: (the "B(W)" or "B(B)" are interchangeable and only differ in color) EF 70-200mm 2.8L EF 70-200mm 2.8L IS EF 70-200mm 2.8L IS II EF 100-400L EF 100mm 2.8 USM Macro [required adapter is included with B(B)] EF 180mm 3.5 Macro, EF MP-E 65mm 2.8 Macro

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