Large Format Imaging for Libraries and Archives
When standard overhead scanners run out of pixels and lighting options, Creekside Digital can help. Using the BetterLight Super 8K digital scanning back system and the finest German large format lenses from Schneider and Rodenstock, we can image oversized maps, panoramic photographs, atlases, posters, and other large / odd-sized items, either at our Maryland studio or on-site at your institution.
Unmatched Resolution and Lighting Flexibility
With a maximum pixel count of 12,000 x 15,990 for a single image, yielding a 48-bit uncompressed, lossless TIFF master file 1.1 GB in size, our BetterLight Super8K system can capture items up to 40” x 53.3” at a full 300 pixels per inch true optical resolution, with no stitching. Moreover, its trilinear CCD sensor captures red, green, and blue color data separately – without interpolation – yielding the most accurate color reproduction available today.
Along with the BetterLight system, we proudly use the finest copy stand ever made – the Tarsia Technical Industries 4060. Its integrated dual vacuum boards gently yet securely hold items in place for imaging, without requiring a glass or platen to flatten items – especially important if they have been stored rolled up rather than flat.
By treating large-format imaging for cultural heritage projects as the custom photography work it is rather than a push-button scanning operation, Creekside Digital truly raises the bar on image quality. Our on-staff photographer expertly lights each piece to eliminate glare, shadows, and fall-off – a task often impossible for overhead scanners given their integrated lighting (and fixed angle of incidence) and reflective glass platens.
Not just for two-dimensional objects!
Because the BetterLight system is based on decades-proven 4×5 view camera technology and doesn’t require items to fit into a relatively small space underneath a scanhead, it can be used to image just about anything – sculpture, artifacts, paintings and other fine artwork, tapestries, building interiors, and more. Contact us today to discuss your imaging needs.