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Ok. I use a flatbed scanner (it can do slides as well using an adapter).
Just don't look at the scanning light when the lid is open, as it will need to be when scanning photos still in albums. I just hold the album in place, look away from it and click the button.
This would probably be a lot quicker than setting up for each photo from a camera - although the scanning takes longer you will get a better result in my opinion with no fear of reflections or light interference corrupting the image. I have done hundreds like this myself - it's still on-going, my wife is a shutterbug!
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
I have to think you'll hate the results if you "take a picture of a picture". If the source material is bad, there's nothing you'll ever be able to do to correct that and you'll never be satisfied with it no matter how much work you put in it.
My (beginning of a) solution was to give my nephew a few bucks to scan my parents' photo albums. Granted, we're not talking about 2000 photos, but it was still enough work that I had been putting it off myself for years. That's step 1.
The next problem to tackle (as you've pointed out) after scanning album pages is to split those multi-image pages into the individual photos, which don't necessarily line up between one page and the next. This is also very much a manual process--one that's probably as tedious as the original scanning one.
At least that part is automatable. I know there's software out there that claim to do that, but I've been underwhelmed with the results provided by the few I tried. It's a 2-step process: Split the individual photos, and then straighten them out individually. Not something you want to do manually, no matter how much cheap labor you have at your disposal. Unless you have access to resources I don't. I haven't looked very hard, admittedly, so those scanned files are still sitting in limbo, so if you do come across something that can do a decent job...I'm keeping an eye on this thread...
(I remember I had come across Photoshop scripts, but I don't have Photoshop, nor can I justify the money for it for this one-time job, without knowing how well it's supposed to work...)
I would make a kind of booth out of white board and make a mount for camera so it would sit directly above album. The lighting will be tricky part, might have to make a couple of soft boxes. This way you can slide album under camera and it will be consistent quality. Tripod would not be as easy.
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My tripod has flexible legs and can be attached almost... everywhere, like a spider.
I thought about exactly that... Fix the camera with the tripod so it points 90° down and I just move the album below the camera, centering image after image.
That's what I will try in the first step.
As app I will use Google PhotoScan and the normal camera app for the first 10-20 photos.
Then I will compare the results (I can't judge anything before I tried both in the current light here in my living room) - then I will decide.
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