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Subject: Publication on digital photography and conservation documentation

Publication on digital photography and conservation documentation

From: Brett Rodgers <brodgers<-a>
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2008
The AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation.

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
Works (AIC) is pleased to announce a comprehensive new guide on
digital photography specifically tailored to the needs of
conservators, collection managers and other allied professionals
responsible for the creation and management of digital photographs.

Authored by Dr. Franziska Frey, Dawn Heller, Dan Kushel, Timothy
Vitale, Jeffrey Warda (editor) and Gawain Weaver, the guide is the
result of a special year-long AIC task force charged with developing
recommendations for the conservation profession in the use of
digital photographic equipment, while also addressing concerns about
long-term accessibility and preservation of electronic records. The
guide was formally reviewed by ten corresponding members of the task
force to ensure the content is accurate and accessible to a broad
range of conservators.

This 111-page guide provides practical recommendations on topics
ranging from photography equipment, software, camera settings, image
processing, file formats, file naming, color management, metadata,
and storage options. The guide includes 22 color plates of detailed
computer screenshot instructions that illustrate important tasks
such as how to print correctly to an inkjet printer to obtain
accurate color; a detailed workflow covering the capture process
with a digital camera tethered to a computer (for both Microsoft
Windows and Apple OS X); and how to create custom metadata templates
and custom keyword sets in Adobe Photoshop to add descriptive
metadata to your image files.

In addition, the guide provides detailed instructions on
photographic techniques that are unique to conservators, with a
focus on how digital cameras can be used with these techniques.
These include visible light photography, as well as digital
infrared, ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence and reflected
ultraviolet photography.

The AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation
is available for purchase from AIC. Just download AIC's publication
catalogue and order form at
<URL:>. Or contact
the AIC office 202-452-9545 for more information.

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