|How to use a digital camera to print images when a FHC does not qualify for the Digital Imaging System|
Many family history centers (FHC) do not qualify for the Digital Imaging System (document 100737), which includes a film scanner, flat bed scanner, computer, and laser printer, and it requires that the center meet the "three twenties rule" (open a minimum of 20 hours per week, serving a minimum of 20 patrons per week, ordering a minimum of 20 microfilms or fiche per month).
The FHC may have an old microfilm or microfiche reader or printer that is broken and cannot be fixed because of unavailable parts and service, or it is too expensive to be repaired. If the viewing part of the reader or printer still works, the flat screen is perfect for taking straight pictures with a digital camera on a tripod. Or the FHC may not have a reader or printer at all and wants to be able to print copies.
An inexpensive alternative to having reader or printer equipment, such as the Digital Imaging System or Scan Pro, is to use a digital camera with a tripod, monopod, or other camera mounts described herein. The digital camera is used to create the digital image, which is then loaded into a computer from a card. Once the image is in the computer, it can be printed, put on a USB flash drive, written to a CD, or e-mailed.
Items Needed: (Total cost to a family history center should be about $200 or less and is paid out of local budgeted funds.)
Many FHCs are reporting great success with these simple tools.
A video has been independently produced that describes how to use a digital camera to take photographs of projected microfilm images and how to use free downloadable software to enhance and improve these images. The video is found on the Internet at: http://quartzsitegen.blogspot.com/2010/02/photographing-documents-on-microfilm.html.
Another website that may be helpful in editing photos is http://www.pixlr.com.
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|Digital Camera Setup - Austin TX FHC.pdf|
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