A&P So school's around, and the books are heavy as shit. v shooting text

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  1. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    These books are HEAVY. I'll need the use of them during school hours, but I bus 2 hours to school, plus campus is massive, I'd like to be able to import the pages of most of the required chapters in to a PDF or jpgs or something to stick on my laptop.

    What's the best way to do this? Tripod with camera facing down, shoot at correct exposure? Would I need some flash/lighting to make sure it's all readable, or would a longer exposure/fast aperture give me even illumination on the pages?

    This is for my personal use and I do not plan on doing this to return the books, or share them with friends to save them money. If it is still illegal, I apologize and will delete.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Harry Pothead

    Harry Pothead EAT IT!

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    Depending on the size of the book, a scanner?? :dunno:
     
  3. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    get a scanner and save yourself some effort. Or you could see if google books has them.
     
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    The scanner would take a long time compared to shooting pics. :dunno:
     
  5. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    Yeah, it would take ages to scan. I could just flip shoot flip shoot flip shoot and be done in a few hours for all my books. I already have the equipment too, save lighting stuff. Just trying to see if it's possible without lighting gear and some input.
     
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    With a sharp enough lens and a decent resolution camera, you should be fine then.
     
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    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    Lenses I have are;

    Tamron 17-50 2.8
    50 1.8
    28-135 IS USM

    and 40D

    055xProB and 488RC2

    am i good? :x:
     
  8. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    I was really looking for a bit of input here. I don't get to try this until tomorrow and I'd rather not spend a shitload of time troubleshooting.

    Should I try to use the crappy on camera flash or just pretend it doesn't exist? Do it with my tungsten light or near a window with sunlight?

    Should I do one page at a time or try to grab both to save time?
     
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    Yup. Just shoot it in manual with some constant lighting (lamps, etc). Hardest part will be getting the text that's in the binding to not get shadows.

    Set your tripod up over a table/floor and aim the camera down. Place the book and zoom to where only the pages are in view. After getting the exposure right, just shoot/flip/shoot/flip. :bigthumb:
     
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    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    Thanks a ton :bowdown::bowdown:

    I think I'm going to do it via liveview on my PC so I don't have to worry about touching the camera at all. That way all the files will go straight to my computer anyway. I figured the hardest part would have to do with the binding.

    This will be fun, thanks again :bigthumb:
     
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    No prob. I think Ill do this as well. Oh, btw, if you do one page at a time, just start your card at 0000 and shoot a few blanks until you get to the 1st text page. Then all your file number will match with page numbers, saving you some time.
     
  12. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    I'd have to move the book around to do that, since I'll either be doing two pages at a time, or doing one then moving to grab the other page, etc.

    That part isn't going to be a huge issue anyway, I don't plan on doing entire books, just chapters outlined in the syllabus.
     
  13. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    what books, i've seen tons of textbooks as pdf's out there :hsugh:
     
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    I worked for a company that converted books to ebooks. The trick to scanning is you have to cut the book binding out. Then you can load the paper feeder on the scanner and start scanning (you will still have an issue with getting the front and back). The sucky part is the book is destroyed at this point...
     
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    scanner
     
  16. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    someone in your class probably already has a PDF

    I only bought 2 or 3 books during my last 2 years of college
     
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    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    :rofl: i'll grab the list in a bit, I still haven't gotten around to doing anything except attending class with a pen and paper
     
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    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    R.C. Hibbeler, Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics, Prentice-Hall Publishing
    Company, 11th edition.

    Big Java 3/E

    and i can't remember the math book

    thanks :wavey:
     

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