Create Your Own Digital Library - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal
Jul. 30th, 2003
01:53 am - Create Your Own Digital Library
I love books, but they take up a lot of room and aren't very portable. I'm thinking of digitally photographing the pages of my favorite books, storing them on a portable firewire drive, then selling most of them. There appear to be a number of copy stands intended for this purpose (among others), but I don't want to get something so specialized. Rather, what I would like to get is a tripod with an long arm that clamps to the tripod's center pole. At the end of the arm I'd attach a 360' ball joint, which in turn would be attached to the camera. Has anyone else done what I'm proposing? If so, what are your experiences?
Below is a ascii side view of what I have in mind:
|| || || || (ball) (camera) ===================O===[ ] || == || || || || || || || /||\ (book) / || \ /------\/------\ / || \ ================ ====================================