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There are things that the camera can see that the eye almost can’t see, and often when I am photographing things and we are working with conservation, we will see things that you didn’t realize was there.

Graham Haber, The Morgan Library, New York City

Cultural heritage photography

Follow us inside the walls of The Morgan Library in New York, for a journey in cultural heritage photography.

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Cultural Heritage Photography

The need for digitization is growing rapidly, with enhanced focus on information to the public, and preservation of information for the future. Most museums and libraries with valuable collections are expanding their digitization efforts, with all the exciting possibilities made possible by the Internet.

The history of Cultural Heritage photography is as long-standing as photography itself. Historic collections at museums and libraries have often had a photographic studio allocated: for creating photographs of sensitive material, and to create paper copies for researchers or students, thereby saving the original object from wear and possible damage.

Changing from analog based film to digital media is enabling a complete new range of applications, and an option to publish and share the material with a much broader audience than previously - all happening with a reproduction quality that has increased significantly.

Phase One and Digital Transitions offer solutions to satisfy a wide range of digitization needs, with a focus at Transparency scanning and scanning of Rare Books. Complete installations are provided for new systems, or by optimizing individual components of existing solutions. All our components are modular, making it easy to renew them when technology evolves in a area.

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Capture One CH

The Capture One CH is the new Cultural Heritage edition of the renowned Capture One raw processing and image handling software. Capture One CH offers a highly specialized feature-set, that delivers a significantly higher quality and fast reprographic workflow at capture and post-production when compared to traditional scanning solutions.

Capture One software optimizes every scanned image. On top of delivering unparalleled high image quality from the advanced image rendering engine, Capture One CH includes powerful adjustment tools for fine-tuning your images to best reproduction accuracy, and tools for digital asset management.

The advanced color engine helps setup and work with an accurate color workflow. This includes the use of both in-situ ICC profiling and the specialized bespoke ICC profiles, ready-made for work with both flash and LED lighting. The color engine is optimized to deliver excellent results from scanning of both positive and negative film, and for the scanning of glass plates.

Specifically for scanning books and large documents the comprehensive Auto Crop tools assist the accurate and consistent aligning of pages very effectively, thereby dramatically reducing the resources needed for post-production work.

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Transparency Scanning

This category includes the scanning of all different types of transparent film material as well as historic glass plate negatives.

Traditional scanner solutions often work with fixed sizes, such as 24x36mm, 6x6 or 6x9, thus limiting the versatility of the equipment substantially. Medium format camera based “scanning solutions” work with all sizes of transparencies, determined only by the illuminating light box, which may indeed be very large.

To make the scanning setup effective and to increase overall productivity, Film Scanning Kits are available with Film Carriers for the different types of film and glass plates.

The high resolution, high dynamic range and quality of the Schneider Kreuznach lenses of the camera systems is applied to its full use when scanning transparencies, where excellent color reproduction is mandatory. Capture One CH offers a range of settings for adopting the raw processing to different types of positive and negative film and to glass plates.

There is a tremendous speed advantage in the instant medium format capture over scanning, which may speed up the process by a factor of 200 to 300 or more.

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Book Reproduction

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.

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Flat Reproduction

Most Cultural Heritage collections include documents, manuscripts, photos, newspapers, musical scores, letters, post cards, and other flat objects in all sizes and shapes.

Common to all of these collections is the need to obtain high quality reproductions of consistent quality, on a system with good ergonomics, while at the same time minimizing the risk of errors and accidental damage to the material.

The requirement for lighting may be divided into two categories:

1) Uniform light over the entire surface, with strict requirements to color precision. This is often achieved by photographing the material together with a color chart, for the option of recreating the correct and exact colors in the future.

2) Directional light may be used to enhance texture and three-dimensional look of the object. This type of work often leaves artistic freedom to the photographer; as the choices of light will enhance certain features while diminish others, thus giving the image an interpreted look or style.

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Objects and Oversized Materials

This category of Cultural Heritage work covers the area of digitization that typically takes place outside of the photographic studio, when objects are too large or too fragile to move, in exhibition halls, for example.

For very large paintings, it may be desirable to work with uniform lighting, but for three-dimensional objects, a more dynamic lighting set-up may be necessary, achieved either with natural light or with portable light solutions.

The highest dynamic range and best color accuracy is always obtained by using medium format camera solutions; either based on a medium format DSLR, or technical cameras with tilt & shift functions.

The combination of Phase One camera systems and Digital Transition reprographic product portfolio offers a flexible choice of configuring a photographic solution fit for the exact purpose given by a specific Museum and Library.

When tilt & shift movements are required, the best quality is obtained with a technical camera, in combination with a Phase One digital back.


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