Storing and titling photos of text pages
I plan to use a Nikon camera (with ViewNX2 software) to photograph each of 100 pages of a document named, say, RED. I also plan to photograph each of 100 pages of a document named, say, GREEN. I will be transferring the photos from the camera to my pc (with XP) via the Nikon camera-to-PC cable.
Q1: Where are these photos stored in the pc? Can I designate a folder C:\ RED to hold the Red pages and another GREEN to hold the Green pages? How do I do that?
Q2: Is there an easy way to rename all the Red photos -- from the titles that VIEWNX2 assigns to, say, Redpage 1, Redpage 2.\, etc. ?
#1. "RE: Storing and titling photos of text pages" | In response to Reply # 0
robsb Nikonian since 23rd Aug 2006Thu 23-Aug-12 12:16 AM
Tnsfer 2 is part of ViewNX2 and this is what you should use to transfer your photos. When you click on the Transfer Icon in View NX2, it opens Transfer 2. At the top you will see a series of tabs. Within these tabs you can select the source, in your case the camera, though using a card reader will be faster, and then you can select a destination. When you select a destination you pick a drive, and a folder to store the transferred files to. If that directory location does not exist, it will be created. So first you would use the RED source, pick a folder like C:\Documents\RED and do the transfer. You would then go back and pick Green Source and then make the destination C:\Documents\GREEN. You will also not in the tabs you can choose to rename the files as they are transferred. You pick a name,say green page, select the number representation in this case srting number 1 length 3 and then as the files are stored they will be nameded green page _oo1, etc.
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#2. "RE: Storing and titling photos of text pages" | In response to Reply # 0
barrywesthead Nikonian since 07th Nov 2006Thu 23-Aug-12 08:20 AM | edited Thu 23-Aug-12 03:21 PM by barrywesthead
A tip on photographing documents:
Set the exposure in manual mode, not auto, using a grey card if you have one or if not using a typical page of the document and checking the result on the camera lcd by looking at the image and checking the histogram.
If you use auto exposure mode the exposure will vary with each page depending on the content and the camera exposure system can be confused by the combination of white background and page contents.
I noticed in another thread that you intend to photograph images on a microfilm viewer. If this is the case, using the grey card to set exposure would not be applicable. Just use a typical document page to set the exposure on manual. Setting the aperture to f8 and adjusting the shutter speed to the correct exposure will be fine for your purposes. You will definitely need a tripod. For this application an inexpensive tripod will be fine (unless you plan to use it for longer range more distant subjects in the future, in which case investing more money would be justified).
You should also use manual focus as some documents may have no content where the focus targets are pointing. You can set up the tripod, autofocus on a document and then switch the focus to manual for the remainder of the shoot. Be sure the viewer is focused for each page.
#3. "RE: Storing and titling photos of text pages" | In response to Reply # 0
gkaiseril Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Thu 23-Aug-12 02:55 PM | edited Thu 23-Aug-12 03:38 PM by gkaiseril
First, I would use a card reader and not a direct connection to the camera. When a Nikon camera is connected to a computer, the camera is only powered by the camera's battery or power supply and not the computer. So it is possible the camera will die during a long transfer when a battery is less than fully charged.
Also many transfer programs have an automatic delete and reformat option after transfer that has bitten more than one user when a transfer goes south. Nikon Transfer has had more than 2 versions that have corrupted transferred images. The most recent issue is with Nikon D800.
With critical images, make a fully separate backup on a CD or DVD before any transfer for editing.
With Window's Explorer or Apple's Finder application you can create unique folder for each set of images and there are many utilities that can perform a mass rename or images in a folder or selected files. I would also not use or modify the media card in any way until you are satisfied that all of the images have been successfully transferred and you no longer need the original images on the media card.
Most PCs place the images in the "My Pictures" folder within the " My Documents" folder. The exact name of the folders is dependent upon your login name.
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ericbowles Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Thu 30-Aug-12 07:04 PM
If you are using Nikon View NX2 and the related Nikon Transfer program accessed from within View, you should be fine. The corruption issue is with an old program called Nikon Transfer - version 1.5.3 - and it should not be used unless you have an old computer not compatible with View.
I don't see any real problem with using the cable connection. It's a little slower than a card reader. Make sure your have at least 25% of your battery.
George makes a good point about deleting images when they are transferred. Make sure you do not delete any images when they are transferred since any problems cannot be recovered if the original images are gone. Verify you have the images - and ideally make a backup copy - before you delete anything. You can review the settings under the Preferences in Nikon Transfer.
Nikon Transfer allows you to have a lot of flexibility in naming files. Choose an approach that works for you.
Spend a little extra time getting exposure right for the first image. There are several ways to get a good exposure - exposure compensation on an automated setting or simply use manual exposure.
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#5. "RE: Storing and titling photos of text pages" | In response to Reply # 0
What a great idea! I have a couple of microfische readers for both the bike and car manuals and would like to use your idea to convert the manuals to electronic files.
My fische documents are mostly black writing on white background and just thinking about it I would experiment a bit to get a good exposure and contrast (and probably WB).
Please let us know how it works out!
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