Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tech Day Spotlight: Scrapbook to Scanner with Dina C. Carson, MA

  Join us on Saturday, 20 January 2018, for the first-ever SLIG Tech Day. A full day of classes, hands-on workshops and mini-labs being held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center before SLIG week begins.

 Dina C. Carson, MA will be giving two classes that day. The first one entitled, "Scrapbook to Scanner: Best Practices for Adding Images to Your Family History", will be held at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.

From Dina:

Most genealogists have piles of items to digitize, so the best place to start is with some scanning basics. There are only two types of items to scan, reflective and transparent. How your scanner handles the different types depends upon the type of scanner you have.

There are an abundance of scanner types including: flatbed, film/slide, microfilm/microfiche, all-in-one, hand scanners, and mobile apps that allow you to use a mobile device such as your phone as a scanner. Each of these scanner types has pros and cons. Some are better for creating a family history than others.

All scanners come with software, but not all scanning software is the same. Taking advantage of the best features of your software or choosing a standalone software may be the best option to achieve the best results for your project.

There are four elements that affect the size and quality of digital images: physical dimensions, resolution, pixel depth and color space. Making the right choices about these qualities can save you countless hours of re-scanning or the frustration of seeing poor quality images in your final project.

Creating an image with the correct resolution for the end use is a must, and it involves math. Sorry … I can hear the collective groan every time this fact is mentioned. Fortunately, a few simple resolution exercises will have you figuring this out in a flash whether you're scanning a photograph, a document, film or a slide.

Choosing the correct file format in which to save your digital images can be confusing because there are so many new choices. I'll help you choose the right one depending upon how you plan to use the image.

There are many simple tricks you can use to save time while scanning. If you have many items to scan, these tips are worth coming to hear the lecture!

Photographs should be scanned differently than documents or maps that were printed before the age of digital printers. Do you know how to get the best scans for each of these?

Do you know the best way to get a digital image of an object or artwork?

Most scanning software comes with optical character recognition. Is this a feature of the software that can help you with your family history project?

Preparing digital images for a family history does not have to be the most difficult part of the project. Come to this lecture to get some useful tips for making this job simpler.

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