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I was exchanging emails with some research colleagues and we all have varying levels of experience. Because we have recently come across some vital information on Indian Territory Freedmen and sharing the results among us, I was motivated to share some of my experience as a photography lab rat before digital photography existed; when we did it in the dark(room.)
Most people don't have experience performing "copy work" and we all may have to conduct it in some way as genealogical researchers. After performing her research my colleague (Angela Walton-Raji) shared her findings and I was struck how she could have improved on her copying of original documents that have been folded and stored for many years.
It was his suggestion that we should never fold a document that became clear to me when I saw how my colleague was capturing the documents that prompted me to offer some advice for her future trips to the archives for information gathering.
The other important aspect of all of this is the quality of light you are working in; but with digital cameras they have a wide latitude for low light situations and when you use a tripod you minimize any problems you may have with the low light situations, such as out of focus and blurred images.
If there is a table near a window, natural light is perfect and for the photo perfectionist