Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Best Things: Smart phone tripod adapter and Eye-Fi SD Card

Louis Kessler's strategy for copying old documents and photos? "I've long ago stopped using a digital camera in favor of my Windows smart phone, that can take 8.7 MP photos, has apps to correct and edit the photo and even OCR the contents, and is connected to my OneDrive cloud. Also, it fits better in my pocket." See: Comments to Best Thing: Which digital cameras works best.

 You know, Louis, I was thinking of that for on-the-go situations, and there is an adapter that can be purchased attach a smart phone to a tripod or copy stand. I use one like this for my DearMYRTLE AmbushCAM interviews.
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But for all practical purposes, with the home or office set-up described in Best Thing: Photo Copy Stand, for easier scanning it makes sense to have a camera with a tiltable screen. My camera has an Eye-Fi Mobi SD card so I can send my files wirelessly to my computer's Dropbox folder, where images are automatically synced to the Dropbox cloud storage space.

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Best Thing: Photo Copy Stand, for easier scanning
Best Thing: Which digital cameras works best

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  1. Myrt,

    The photo copy stand sounds like an excellent way to quickly go through those old boxes of thousands of photos and documents, without having to damage albums by forcing them onto a flatbed scanner.

    But wouldn't you want one with the arm set back from the base so that a large book can be laid flat directly under the camera? For the one you highlight, the arm goes straight up. Doesn't it gets in the way?


    1. Hello again, Louis. You are correct. For very large items like the circa 1880s family bible, I use a regular tripod out in my sun room where the natural daylight provides the light the camera needs. :)