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    Bonus Handout 
    How to Scan an Elephant:
    Digitize Your Family History 

    Presented by

    Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator


    New Blog Post
    From Microfilm to Megapixels: Use a Digital Camera as a Film Scanner

    Photographing microfilm on a film reader desk using a wi-fi compact camera connected to my smartphone as a remote shutter release. This review gives information on my setup and equipment.

    For a FREE Copy of my new expanded Scanning Guidelines from How to Archive Family Keepsakes, click here.

    Thank you for attending my presentation at RootsTech. This BONUS Handout includes a comprehensive list of resources and products mentioned in the Presentation and Syllabus, as well as late-breaking information.

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    My Favorite Digitizing Tools

    These are the tools I use for my digitizing projects with a few (very personal) comments noting what I like about the products. 

    Epson Perfection V600 Flatbed Scanner with Film Carrier

    My scanner of choice is the Epson Perfection series. I have used this line of Epson scanner for over ten years with photos, documents, film, slides, and artifacts. The included software is feature rich and allows for batch-scanning, automatic numbering, scanning multiple items at one time, many file formats, and custom resolution (DPI).

    Canon CanoScan LIDE210 Scanner

    This little scanner may be light in weight, but it’s no lightweight when it comes to digitizing documents or photos on research trips. It fits neatly in my computer briefcase and is powered by a single USB cable. 

    FlipPal Mobile Scanner

    Scanning is a boring and lonely activity. The battery-powered Flip-Pal lets me scan snapshots while watching TV, and capture pages at the local library. Image quality is excellent, with a choice of 300 dpi or 600 dpi. I especially like the Flip-Pal for digitizing oversize items and stitching the images together with the included software.

    Remote Camera Shutter Release

    If you use a pro-sumer or DSLR digital camera, take advantage of the option to add a remote camera shutter release. This small accessory is essential for low-light photography and will speed-up any large digitizing project. Look for the remote designed to work with your make and model digital camera; wired remotes are less expensive than wireless models. I use the inexpensive Satechi Wired Remote Shutter Release with my Canon Powershot G11.

    Samsung WF350

    My favorite new tool for fast, sharp digitizing is an inexpensive little wifi wonder, the Samsung WF350 14.5 megapixel digital camera. It produces clear sharp photos in low light conditions, but it really shines when the camera is mounted on a tripod and paired via wifi with a smartphone used as a remote shutter release. The Samsung App allows zooming right from the smartphone and lets you release the camera shutter without risk of camera shake. Read my review and equipment set-up for photographing microfilm in my blog article From Microfilm to Megapixels.

    Joby GP3 GorillaPod Flexible Tripod

    This small tripod will hold your compact camera (or smartphone with a smartphone mount) steady on a table, a fence, post, or almost anywhere you can wrap the flexible tripod legs. Look for the larger model to hold a DSLR or large camera.

    Adjustable Tripod

    Look for a model that extends at least 60-inches if you plan to mount your camera in order to shoot down on large documents or newspapers. An adjustable ball head and quick release are helpful, along with flip-levers to adjust the legs. Larger DSLR cameras will require a model rated to hold more weight than a small compact camera.

    Mobile Scanning Apps

    CamScanner - (Android, iOS)

    DocScan - (iOS)

    Genius Scan - (Android, iOS, Win Phone)

    Handy Scanner – (Android)

    Prizmo – (Mac, iOS)

    Scanner Pro - (iOS)

    TurboScan – (iOS, Android coming soon!)

    Websites Mentioned in This Presentation

    Camera Image Sensor 
    Technical Specs Comparison for Digital Cameras

    Granite in My Blood 
    Midge Frazel, Gravestone Research and Photography

    Scanning and Stitching Oversize Items

    FlipPal Mobile Scanner
    with included Scan and Stitch Software

    Adobe Photoshop Elements
    Use PhotoMerge feature to stitch together scans or digital camera images

    Learn More About Digitizing Research Materials and Keepsakes

    How to Archive Family Keepsakes by Denise May Levenick. (Family Tree Books, 2012). Print and ebook.

    The Family Curator Blog and Website 

    Disclosure: Product links are included for your convenience and include affiliate links. 

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