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Easy tool to correct geometry of photographed document

I have a photograph of a printed document that I made for lack of easy access to a flatbed scanner at the time and place I had easy access to the document (in case you ask, the document was sent to me ...
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How to photograph a few dozen calligraphic greeting cards in exquisite detail?

I need to photograph a few dozen hand-written calligraphic greeting cards in exquisite detail so that a calligrapher can try to combine the style. While I have reasonable experience in personal ...
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How can I keep lines straight when taking photos of my artwork for printing reproduction?

How to take photos of my artwork for printing reproduction? I have a Canon EOS 700D and cannot seem to get them 'straight'; they always seem askew?
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Can I get a high quality image from a rostrum mounted camera and bounce flash?

I have some approximately A3 sized documents I need to scan but don't have access to an A3 scanner and it's beyond my budget to purchase one. However, I can probably run to a rostrum stand for my ...
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Photographing Older Documents

I'm doing a project with a historical group. They have a nice collection of diaries, and want to digitize them, but haven't found anyone interested in doing it, even if they pay them. Some of the ...
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What are the best lights to use with a copy stand?

I recently purchased a copy stand to digitize my company's watercolor library. I am using two RPS CL150 arm-light attachments; however, I keep getting two large spotlights on the paintings where the ...
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Can you take a picture of a faded docket and see the details again in computer?

Hi I have a very faded docket, where I can still read the details with bare eyes, but when I tried to photocopy and scan it, it just gave me a white docket. My last hope is using a camera. Please tell ...
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Are there portable cameras optimized for documentation?

I would like to buy a compact camera to take photographs of documents in archives. The issue with normal compact cameras is that - obviously - the photos are often out of focus and are geometrically ...
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How do I get even, bright light for photographing pages from books and magazines?

I am using my camera to digitalize some pages of magazines or books. Sometimes I get great results sometimes the page background is not "white enough" on the picture sometimes the page is illuminated ...
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How could I photograph a page with minimal distance to the camera?

Let's say I want to photograph a piece of paper (letter size, 8.5 inches by 11 inches, or 215.9 mm × 279.4 mm). I want to use a regular digital camera of sorts, and get about 10 megapixels of ...
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What light equipment for reprography?

I'm going to buy a copy stand to easily take pictures of my papers, and also pictures of what I'm writing and drawing on my desk, sometimes also taking videos. I was wondering what kind of lights I ...
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What equipment do I need to film downwards over a table?

I would like to be able to film what I'm writing and drawing on a table, inside a light cube. I just want to be able to sit at my table and have the camera above it pointing downwards. I would have ...
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How to photograph books on location?

I must shoot rare books / manuscripts on different locations, some of them hard to reach (monasteries etc.). When I'm there I don't have much time at disposition. I must shoot as quick as I can. I ...
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How do I know the lightbulb I am buying is UV-filtered?

Thanks to Rob Hoare's advice on cobbling together my own "overhead scanner", I would like to purchase extra lighting that I can use to illuminate documents as I photograph them. I would like to make ...
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What lens for taking photos of artwork with Nikon D800 without distortion?

I'm an artist and I do need to take photos of my paintings with heavy texture. I bought a 50mm f1.8 with my new Nikon D800 and I find some distortion when the painting is big 36"x 60". I used to ...
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Photographing microfiche readers: Bright light forces camera to darken image

I am a researcher and often have to take photographs of material from microfiche cards. The problem that I have been encountering is that on non-digital readers, there is a bright lamp behind the ...
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Which image sensor format for photographing oil on panel?

My wife wants to make 38"x28.5" prints from her oil on panel paintings that are 16"x12". I have enough experience with non-digital SLR photography to know that the hardest part of photographing these ...
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How can I get better results photographing dry erase boards?

As far as photography goes, I'm less than an amateur. I have a camera my friend (the head of the photography dept. at a local college) recommended to me that I really want to learn to use, but haven'...
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How could I get scanner-like images with a camera?

I want to learn how to set up my Canon DS4061 Rebel to take clear pictures of a standard book... but I get poor photos with grey background and the black of the print is not black, but grey also. Now ...
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