The Heritage Imaging Team currently uses Phase One medium format digital camera equipment including:
- Phase One iXR bodies and 645DF+ bodies
- IQ180 Digital backs, and an Achromatic IQ260 for Multispectral Imaging.
- Phase One and Schneider-Kreuznach 28mm, 55mm, 80mm, and 120mm macro lenses
- Apple Mac Pro computers
- Megavision multi spectral lighting panels
The image quality from the IQ180 is second to none, giving a full output of 80 million pixels. Each RAW image alone is around 70MB, which is then processed to around 100MB for use in the image collection. Raw Processing software, Capture One is used when the camera is tethered to the system. This allows the user to shoot directly from the computer which allows greater control and constant review over image correction, and allows the image to be captured without touching the camera, which may result in shake.
We can capture images in a variety of different ways depending on the item. Both our Manchester studios are equipped with large copy stands and high end Profoto studio lighting equipment. We also use custom built 'Traveller Conservation Cradles', developed by the University of Graz, Austria. Theses cradles are incredibly versatile, and are built specifically for the digitisation of fragile manuscripts and rare books. The beauty of the cradle, as the name suggests, is that it can be packed down into a case for easy transportation, meaning HIT can set up in virtually any space, and safely digitise bound items.
HIT also has an array of equipment allowing us to photograph much larger items in a mobile studio environment.