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History Tech: Document Camera Stand

History Tech: Document Camera Stand

Every historian has (or will have) spent time in a library or archive, hunting through books, municipal records and old journals for precious bits of information. For making a permanent record of finds for further study, photocopying has long been the standard method. However, photocopying can be an expensive and less than green proposition and some locations either don’t have photocopiers or simply do not allow photocopying at all. Small digital cameras offer an easy way and inexpensive way to create an digital copy that can be easily transmitted and stored. Yet most research work is done alone and using a camera in one hand while trying to keep a book propped open with the other can lead to blurry photos as well as being cumbersome when faced with dozens or even hundreds of pages to be recorded. To make taking quality photos of books and documents an easier and faster task, a document camera stand can be extraordinarily helpful.

The web site Instructables has a guide on how to build a inexpensive, portable camera document mount. Although it does require the use of a few tools, the overall build is not very complex and the instructions puts the price at under $20 USD. While there are commercial versions available, for the intrepid historian with a little time on their hands and for the generally broke graduate student, this project can provide a great piece of equipment for venturing into the archives.

http://www.instructables.com/id/New-Improved-Portable-Paperless-Digital-Copy-M/