Large Format Imaging for Libraries and Archives

When standard overhead scanners and cameras run out of pixels and lighting options, Creekside Digital can help. Using medium and large format imaging systems from Phase One and BetterLight along with 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

Imaging an historic panoramic photograph in our Glen Arm, MD studio

Imaging an historic panoramic photograph in our Glen Arm, MD studio

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 our Phase One and BetterLight systems, we proudly use the finest oversized 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 photographers expertly light 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 our imaging systems are based on decades-proven medium format and 4×5 view camera technology and they  don’t require items to fit into a relatively small space underneath a scanhead or flatbed lid, thye 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.

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Smithsonian Mass Digitization
New feature at the DPO office: a slideshow displaying close-ups of some of the 8,000 plants from the Living Orchid Collection from Smithsonian Gardens!

Read about our project digitizing the collection at: insider.si.edu/2018/08/see-thousands-of-orchids-in-incredible-detail-in-the-smithsonians-newly-di...

On the technical size: the slideshow is running from a Raspberry Pi Zero (Github: github.com/Smithsonian/Pi-Kiosk/). One new tool we are using to display the objects from the Smithsonian collections.
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Mass digitization is ongoing with the next phase of our Smithsonian Gardens project. We are now imaging the Archives of American Gardens (AAG) which preserves and provides access to visual resources and records that document the history of gardens in America.

Primarily a photographic archive, AAG includes documentation on over 10,000 historic and contemporary gardens. Photographic formats range from antique stereographs to recent digital images. AAG’s collections document the work of landscape architects, garden designers, and garden photographers as well as a handful of seed companies.

Examples of trade literature generated by these companies in the Archives include seed catalogs with ornately illustrated covers as seen here. Soon all these digital images will be viewable in high resolution online at Smithsonian's collections.si.edu/search/
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