Fulfill Your Digital Preservation Goals with a Budget Studio

  • Yongli Zhou Colorado State University


In order to fulfill digital preservation goals, many institutions use high-end scanners for in-house scanning of historical print and oversize materials. However, high-end scanners’ prices do not fit in many small institutions’ budget. As digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera technologies advance and camera prices drop quickly, a budget photography studio can help to achieve institutions’ preservation goals.  This paper compares images delivered by a high-end overhead scanner and a consumer level DSLR camera, discusses pros and cons of using each method, demonstrates how to set up a cost efficient shooting studio, and presents a budget estimate for a studio.

Author Biography

Yongli Zhou, Colorado State University
Digital Repository Librarian


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How to Cite
Zhou, Y. (2016). Fulfill Your Digital Preservation Goals with a Budget Studio. Information Technology and Libraries, 35(1), 26-50. https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v35i1.5704