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Understanding Early Photography

Mel Wachowiak and E. Keats Webb


Early Photography Website

Understanding Early Photography Website



This website introduces a project at the Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) that is working to characterize surface properties and composition using non-destructive scientific techniques, such as computational imaging, electron microscopy, and x-ray fluorescence. This site is designed to communicate scientific and technical data to scholars and the general public.

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Updated Methods for Digitization of Daguerreotypes Presentation

Updated Methods for the Digitization of Daguerreotypes


Watch the video presentation, Updated Methods for the Digitization of Daguerreotypes, created for the November 2012 Daguerreian Society Symposium in Baltimore, MD. Mel Wachowiak and Keats Webb present imaging techniques adapted for documenting daguerreotypes with various setups, lighting, and wavelengths including the customized enclosure setup, the DagHaus. Imaging techniques include scanning, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI), reflectance transformation imaging (RTI), gigapixel imaging, axial specular illumination and multispectral imaging. more...