[Taxacom] Digital herbarium
singhg at sify.com
Sat Feb 20 00:35:17 CST 2010
For some time I was thinking of initiating a thread on digitising herbarium specimens, but was reluctant because whenever there is mention of digital herbarium, there is always mention of a scanner. I have worked with scanners (though not high end ones), but always find a good digital SLR camera giving very good results. I had started this with old photographs in our family albums, and when I thought of digitising my personal and College herbarium specimens, I found Digital SLR camera much more handy and useful. Today I got this encouragement from MBLWHOI Library Digital Herbarium.
"Specimens too bulky or fragile to be scanned will be photographed with a digital camera"
Personally I feel Digital SLR camera is much more useful, as it saves a lot of time as compared to a scanner. My question is if Digital SLR camera can give good results with fragile and bulky specimens, and is much more faster than a scanner, why not to use it in routine procedures.
May someone with good experience with both can give better opinion.
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
SGTB Khalsa College
University of Delhi, Delhi
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