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4 Magnetic Pins hold small photographs flat for copying

How to Copy Photographs

Do you have a one-of-a-kind photograph with no negative?  Don't worry, ShotCopy along with your camcorder can copy those photos up to 5 x 7 inches.  Even if you have a larger photograph, you can lay the picture on a tabletop and take a picture-of-a-picture with your digital camera.  You'll be amazed at the quality of the results and the control you have over the resulting image with today's photo editing software!

 

 

The Basics of Copying Photographs using ShotCopy
Step One - Mount the Print
Use the magnetic pins to hold the print to the rails of the slide/negative holder stand. Adjust the print so it is level and square with the front of your camera lens to prevent image distortion.

If you have a problem with photo reflections from your camera's point of view, use a piece of flat black construction paper and cut a hole for the camera lens to block reflections. Also, angle your shaded lamp or light source so that it hits the image at a 45 degree angle to reduce reflections.

Step Two - Shadows
Make sure there are no shadows being cast on the area of the picture you want to copy. In this case the magnetic pins were moved to the bottom of the photo to stop shadows from being cast.

This photo was kept in a wallet. Note the dog-ears, fading and dust spots.

Step Three - Crop & Cleanup
User your photo editing software to crop and compose the image to remove damage edges for  better composition and remove dust or scratches. In this picture to the right you can see a scratch or fold across the hand with a number of white dust spots and some discoloration.
Step Four - Saving your image
Next, save your image in the photo file format of your choice.  Usually a JPG or TIFF format.  The resulting photo  will no longer collect dust, become wrinkled or bend or fade away with time.  As a digital image you can e-mail it to friends and family and even use it in a CD-ROM photo album of your creation.