|Original Photo of Microfilm Record|
For my first experiment, I took my digital SLR and tripod to the FHC and photographed the entire Lutheran Church record roll (1797-1822). It took about an hour to photograph the 598 images. I used the microfilm table, where the film is projected onto a white table, about 2’ by 2’. I set the camera on a tripod and took some test shots to set focus and exposure. Then I switched the camera to manual so that I new the settings would be the same throughout the roll.
|Corrected for Perspective and Color|
All in all, I called the experiment a “qualified success”. To see the quality of the photos, I compared a page from the photo with the same page I had previously scanned, using the microfilm scanner at the FHC. You can see the scanned image is definitely better, but the photo is pretty usable.
Photographed and Corrected Image
One of the big reasons I am going through the experiment is because while the FHC has a microfilm scanner, the NARA at College Park doesn’t. They have about 200 rolls of Virgin Islands documents (Record Group 55). I will have to print or photograph what I want there, and printing is $0.50 per page.
This experiment was using the microfilm table. Next, I’ll talk about photographing on the microfilm reader screens.