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Camera Control Pro 2 Instructions

Copy Stand – Camera Control Pro 2

Best for high quality digitization of larger works. Maximum area is 26” long; the copy stand is not particularly useful for images smaller than 3.5”. Can do about 1100 images/4 hours, can also use time lapse photograph feature to take an image every few seconds.

 

1. Turn on camera. Start Camera Control Pro 2 (the program won’t work if the camera is off).

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2. In the “Exposure 1” tab set the “Exposure Mode” to “Manual” and adjust the settings as shown.

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Settings:

Shutter Speed:            1/20 sec

Aperture:            f/8

Exposure Comp.:            0 EV

Flash Comp.:            0 EV

Flexible Program:            0 Step(s)

 

Obviously these settings may be changed for each unique project, so double check before each use to make sure they are at these settings (unless, of course, you know how to manipulate it to do what you need).

 

3. FOR LARGER PROJECTS: Larger projects (a series of photographs or pages from a book) may be saved and named in sequence using Camera Control Pro’s settings. This feature saves a lot of time and keeps files well organized because you can simply take photos of each work in the sequence without pause to name files or move them around.

 

To automate this information go to “Tools>>Download Options…”

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To select a save location, select “Choose…” and save to the desktop or wherever you would like. A good practice is to make a folder with the project name or number on it.
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To set automatic sequencing of file names select “Edit…” in the Download Options window shown above.

 

Unless you are digitizing a large sequence of works that must be organized for specific projects or courses, the easiest naming is to simply set the software to give the image a timestamp just so you may differentiate the files. To do this, click the drop down menu for “Between Prefix and Suffix” and select “Use Shooting date and time”

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For a specific project with a series of works, select “Use sequential number” in the same drop down menu.

 

From here what generally makes sense is to label the “Prefix” the project number or even the name of the series, archive, or professor for whom you are digitizing.

 

Next you will select the length of the number for the sequence suffix by using the slider bar labeled “Length of number”: 3 digits will sequence like 001, 002, 003; 2 digits will sequence 01, 02, 03; and so on.

 

Finally select the starting number of the sequence in the “Start numbering at” box. This number may either be what is simply the order in which you are digitizing but could also be item or project specific—for example, perhaps you are digitizing a series of archived photographs but you are only given the second half of the photograph sequence, so you should start numbering them to match the archiving numbers to keep your files well organized and easily accessible.

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NOTE: If you are using the sequencing feature of Camera Control Pro and you screw up a picture, you need to make sure that you go back and reset the “Start numbering at” for the work you are digitizing. Otherwise your numbering will one ahead of what it should be. This process is a little annoying but does not happen often and does not outweigh the timesaving benefits of using the sequencing.

 

Using the copy stand:

 

4. LENS CAP: Remove the lens cap.

 

5. LIGHTS: Turn on the lamps (switch on back of each), close the door, and turn off the lights to the room. Do NOT touch the lamps once they are on. Not the metal, not anything. They get very hot. If you need to adjust the angle of the light, use the handle protruding from the back.

 

The lamps must be at a 45° angle. The arms are already positioned as such, so make sure the lamps are in position and tightened before use.

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IMPORTANT: One more note about the lamps. NEVER touch the bulbs. Even when the lamps are off and the bulbs are cold. The oils from your skin may cause the bulb to explode when turned on (due to heat differentials). Obviously, you do not want an extremely hot bulb to explode right next to you. The light bulbs stay at the same brightness until they burn out, so there should be no reason to touch them until they simply do not work any more.

 

5. POSITIONING IMAGE/CAMERA: Position the image to be scanned below the camera, then position the height of the camera.

 

NOTE: When handling photographs and other original works, it is important to wear gloves so as not to leave fingerprints or other oils on the image. I would suggest, however, only wearing a glove on one hand so that your other hand can more easily handle the object (especially if taking it out of plastic casing). Just be careful to not touch anything but the edges with your non-gloved hand.

 

There are three knobs for adjusting the camera. When looking at it straight on, there is one large knob on the right and two smaller ones on the left. DO NOT TOUCH the front left knob. Use the back left knob to loosen the vertical position and use the large knob on the right to move the vertical position (it can be helpful to use your hand on the back left knob to help guide/lightly push the camera up and down).

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Move the image to be scanned to the center of the camera’s view, leaving about approximately two fingers width around the image. The camera must be at least 12” away from the object surface to stay in focus.

 

Tighten the back left knob when the camera is in position.

 

6. FOCUS: Press the autofocus button (labeled “AF-ON” to the left of the eyepiece).

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7. SHOOT: Capture the image one of three ways: (1) push the button on the camera, (2) push the foot pedal if plugged in, or (3) press the “Shoot” button in Camera Control Pro. This latter option is ideal when two or more people are working on a project, so the person positioning the object and camera may focus on keeping everything steady.

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BOOKS: Remove dust jacket. When capturing images/pages from books, hold the book in an “L” position to flatten the page being captured. (Be mindful not to get your fingers in the shot).

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8. Turn off camera and PUT THE LENS CAP BACK ON!

 

Time Lapse

 

When digitizing 50 images or more, time lapse can be of serious use. Works most efficiently with two people.

 

To set click “Camera”>>“Time Lapse Photography”>>“Set Time”

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NOTE: If you are screwing up an image (you did not place the image the right way) it is useful to mark the picture as a mistake by placing your hand across the field of view before the picture is taken. This practice is useful when organizing files.

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