As a photography newbie, I am hoping to use a book stand and dslr camera for occasionally scanning a few pages out of a Math book. Expected distance from camera to page will probably be about 18 inches. I am concerned about low light conditions, indoors.
Using an old, somewhat defective Kodak EasyShare P712, I experimented with a cluster of 4 inexpensive (60 watt) lamps around the page and found that the generated light wasn't bright enough. By somewhat defective I mean that the internal flash unit didn't seem to be creating enough light. For what it's worth, the camera has other problems, so I will be buying a new one.
When I research buying a new dslr camera, how do I research flash attachments? Does the attachment need to be part of the camera, or can I simply purchase 1 to 4 lamps that create very bright light? If I go with the external lamps, how many lamps should I use, and what type of bulb (e.g. wattage) should be used?
It will help me to learn if you could include links to (generic) sample products that will provide a solution. The idea here is not that you are recommending a specific lamp, camera, or flash attachment. Instead, the idea is that you are providing an example for me to read about, of the type of equipment that you are referring to.
I would like to strike a balance between budget and clarity. I plan to use a usb cable to transfer the pictures to my harddisk and then use pdflatex to embed the pictures in a private Math notebook that I keep as a pdf file. No one else will be examining the pdf file. The images simply need to be clearly legible to me.
For what it's worth, before posting, I searched on this forum for "low light conditions", and found this article, most of which I did not understand. I infer from the article that achieving the right lighting will simply be one step, and that I will need to also research/experiment with specifying the right parameters for the photograph. However, I am taking the research one step at a time.