I have always wondered why people like to digitize drawers. If your collection is growing, to keep the images up to date with the drawer contents, you need to continually take new images, and it just seems like an extra layer of work. What are the advantages of this practice?
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Microsoft Image Composite Editor really looks like it should work. Multiple photos of portions of each drawer could be stitched together to produce one high-res image. Apparently it even works based on video, so perhaps a sweep across a drawer would be enough.
But I think you would have to spend a day or two working out the kinks.
Cheers, and good luck,
On Fri, May 7, 2021 at 12:19 PM Megan R. King <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I am working on the entomological museum at Rutgers University, and I am looking for some suggestions for whole drawer digitization.
We currently are facing issues with funding, which we hope to improve soon, so this is what we're working with at the moment:
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III camera
EOS Utility 2 Program
Sigma lens - 50mm 1:2:8 DG Macro
Copy Stand - Polaroid Mp.4 Land Camera
2 low budget lights (https://www.amazon.com/Dimmable-Dimming-Eye-care-Sensitive-Daylight/dp/B00MHLIGCY/ref=asc_df_B00MHLIGCY/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=221784482639&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=396783775486167329&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9004031&hvtargid=pla-379393475651&psc=1)
I am looking for suggestions on settings, if anyone else has used this type of set up or a similar one. I am running this program on a 2011 MacBook Pro, incase that information is relevant.
We aren't expecting great high quality images with this setup, just enough to be able to go through the collection, see what we have, re-organize and curate.
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Michael L. Ferro
Collection Manager, Clemson University Arthropod Collection (CUAC)
Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences
277 Poole Agricultural Center
Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0310
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