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The do’s and don’ts of successful digital photo copying

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by Jim Whitcomb

Photographers and photo technicians have always needed to make copies. They’ve copied everything from documents, artifacts, and evidence, to antique photos, as shown in¬†Figure A. But though the kinds of items they copied may have varied, the objective has always been the same: to create a photo that’s as visually true to the original as possible. Nowadays, most people use a digital scanner for copy work. They usually do a fine job, mostly thanks to software that allows the user to adjust the image-capture properties.

But, there are times when you just can’t use a scanner, especially to copy large or very heavy objects. For those times, the tried-and-true copy method is still a very practical technique to use. Though you may now use a digital camera instead of a traditional camera for copy work, the mechanics have remained the same. Let’s now take a look at a few copying do’s and don’ts you should follow to aid you with your work.

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Copy setup techniques

Before digital scanners, there were two fixed-type copy setups, which still are widely used: reproduction cameras and copy stands.¬†Reproduction cameras, a.k.a. repro cameras, are mainly used by the commercial printing[…]


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