A large part of the Cultural Heritage community deals with the digitization of rare and delicate bound materials, such as books.
To capture the finest details and most delicate colors of paper and binding of a rare book, a high resolution and dynamic range camera system is required. Our camera systems for reprographic work are modular to fit into a range of capturing configurations.
Uniform lighting will typically be the choice of operation here, and will often be the same throughout when working with non-reflective material. In situations with a mixture of non reflective and reflective materials, the photographer may have to adjust the lighting, which will be possible using rapid capture solutions using external light sources.
Digitization of rare books requires special attention to the binding, as this often is fragile, and will determine how the material can be treated in the process. This fact will often be the limiting factor for the capture speed of the material.
On regular reprographic copy stands, the operator has to check and adjust focus as he progresses through the book, which slows down the procedure. The gentle use of a glass plate to fix focus can accelerate the capture process, and reprographic rigs for photographing both pages at once are available for boosting productivity.WATCH VIDEO ON RARE BOOK SCANNING