Digital cameras have greatly improved the process of cataloging cemeteries but there
are some things you need to know.
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- When you take a photograph that you want to print, you need a crisp, sharp, LARGE photo but
when taking photos that will be displayed on the Internet, those qualities are a hindrance.
- Internet photos should be no larger than 700 pixels on the longest side, 640 is just about perfect.
- Likewise, the QUALITY of the photos does not need to be as high. A medium or low setting on image quality
- The purpose of tombstone photos is for documentation purposes. The information on the stones is
important and visitors will want to read that information.
- When photographing a stone, fill the viewer with the stone but don't cut off parts of it either.
- If a stone is so large that the inscription is illegible in your photograph, take a close-up
view of just the inscription.
- Taking photographs in the morning or in the late evening causes lighting issues. The photos can be
too dark or too light.
- If you want to transcribe the photos, you may find these spreadsheets helpful
In Internet Explorer, you may need to right-click and "Save Target As".
- There is
more information on the Tombstone Transcription Project site.