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  1. WOW!!! Thanks for the idea. Have been looking for something to use to take photos of Military Badges for a friend. Bent Coat Hangers just don’t work. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks for this info.

    • You are welcome, Kate! I wish I could take all the credit for the idea – but I cannot. I will totally take the credit for choosing the color pink though 🙂

      I am also going to test it out on some family artifacts and heirlooms and see how it does. Let me know your results too!

    • Denise, I also contemplated purchasing the one that was on Kickstarter, but I just couldn’t justify the cost for what was essentially cardboard. For five bucks, I couldn’t NOT try it, you know? Next I’m going to see how it does with some of the heirlooms/artifacts of my grandmother’s before I put them away (following recommendations in your book, of course!) I’ll let you know!

  2. I would not use this technique unless I absolutely had to. Do it right the first time, so you don’t wish you had a better version later and have to redo it. Low-end combination scanners/printers/fax machines sell for only $70-100 and work great. I highly recommend one of them. Connect it to a laptop or desktop computer and scan an assembly line of photos and documents while you watch TV.

    • I get what you’re saying, Ry. I have a Canon all-in-one that I use too. But considering the time it took to digitize that 118 pages (20 minutes) versus the time it would have taken to scan them all (the better part of a DAY), and the fact that the images are as good (some are better) as I would have gotten from the scanner, it was a no-brainer for me.

      The best part was that I could see the images pop up on my screen as I scanned them, so I could tell if the quality was poor. There were only two photos that I had to set aside to scan on the scanner, and that was only because they were so shiny that the light reflected off of them and you couldn’t see the photo.

      Plus, I don’t have a TV in my office.

  3. Looks great! And so easy to do. Now if someone can come up with one to scan slides, I’d be very happy! Just finished going through my dad’s old slides, all 7500+ of them & scanned 3200+ with my hand-held scanner, 4 slides at a time!

  4. I think that this was a clever idea and certainly a good price for what you’ve been able to do with it.

    What I bought for my DSLR camera (12mp, I think) was a copy stand. I think it was $40 or $50 through B&H Photo. I haven’t used my camera for scanning documents with it yet. I’ve used it for photographing my grand-aunt’s antique bell that she gave me years ago. The stand is pretty good and stable and we were able to adapt it further to be able to shoot taller things, too.

    I think that this was very resourceful of you. 🙂

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    • Barbara, the binder clips are just to keep the shelf from accidentally folding back up. If your shelf is wobbly, it’s more likely that one of the legs is bent just enough to be annoying. Check that and straighten it by pressing it firmly against a straight surface (a wall or a sturdy table) to see if that helps. If not, you may want to (gently) use a hammer.

      Since I can’t post a picture in the comments, I’ll update the post with a photo of how to apply the binder clips.

      Good luck!

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    • The camera in the phone I had at the time (Samsung Galaxy S5, I think) had a voice-activated feature. It wasn’t a separate app, but I’m sure you could probably find one that does the same thing.

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