I received the following request for help from a reader seeking suggestions as to the best way to photograph old photo albums. Â
I have just read the article on the old photo albums.Â It brings a personal problem up that hopefully you or your readers can help with. I have some old picture albums and no scanner.Â (Well, no scanner that I could scan them with, because Iâ€™d have to feed them into the scanner and that just wouldnâ€™t work.) I do, however have a digital camera.Â Do you have any suggestions on how to photograph these in order to get a good image?Â I have all kinds of trouble with the flash on these old glossies.
My first suggestion would be to turn off the flash if you’re getting a glare.Â I’ve had success taking photographs of photographs laying them flat on my kitchen table and snapping the picture from above it. The light from my ceiling fan with the compact fluorescent bulbs worked perfectly, with no glare.
I’m betting there are readers out there with more great tips. If you’ve had luck photographing an old album or perhaps photographs in frames, post your tip here in the comments section below.