Capturing images from this type of material was a break from the norm for the digitisation studio and something we very much enjoyed doing. The catalogues are placed upon the copy stand, where they are staged and held using typical support cushions and/or restraints. The catalogues are then flanked by Q3 colour targets for accurate colour reference. We use a Canon EOS 5d MK3 DSLR for the actual image capture and lighting is supplied by Bowens light boxes. For those that are interested in the finer details of this, capture is in manual mode and the images slightly under exposed and at f22, ISO 100. We shoot using a tethered capture method, which imports the images directly into Adobe's Lightroom software and the post production is carried out using this software. The main images are stored as master TIFFs and surrogate images are produced from these. Typically these surrogate images will be brightened and have some tonal adjustments made so that they are more attractive to view within a web browser, but these adjustments are kept fairly subtle, so as not to detract too far from the original catalogues. Scanning the catalogues
by Dave Jackson, Digitisation Officer, Senate House Library