For over 40 years I have used the camera to capture the lives of my family and friends. The camera has been a very important tool in my professional career in public relations and advertising. I first started with a film camera and spent hundreds of wonderful/fun hours in a dark room developing and printing my on prints.
Since the late 90’s I have used the digital camera extensively in to aid in my genealogical research in places such as local courthouses, libraries, genealogical societies, family cemeteries, and long-ago home sites and the homes of those who have a portion of the family record.
The following is the process I use with my digital camera to photograph oversized pages.
- Set up your stand and adjust your camera.
- Open the large book/page.
- Adjust the camera and take photos.
- If the page is too large for your camera (e.g., map, newspaper) consider taking multiplephotoswhichcan be “stitched” together in an editing program. Ihave take a 3″ x 5″ cards and written one of the following words on each card: Start, 1, 2, 3 4, End. I place the cards around the large object I am photographing as outline below. The cards help guide me as who what image goes where when I am stitching the image back together.
- Use card: START (On top of page to be filmed)
- Use card: 1 (Quadrant 1) (Top nearest spine)
- Use card: 2 (Quadrant 2) (Top nearest right edge)
- Use card: 3 (Quadrant 3) (Bottom nearest spine)
- Use card: 4 (Quadrant 4) (Bottom right edge)
- Use Card: END (Placed on top of the page just filmed)
- Rotate the book/paper as needed.