How to Copy Old Photos With a Digital Camera

Photographs are memories of people and places in time. They provide a physical representation of memories by preserving them. As photographs get older they can deteriorate. It's a good idea to have backup copies. Copying photos can be done with a scanner, but it's also possible to copy them with a digital camera. Having the ability to copy photos means that as well as preserving your own photos you can make copies of other people's photo albums.

Set the photo on a flat surface. Place the tripod directly above it.

Attach the camera to the tripod. Turn the tripod's camera support upside down so the camera points directly at the photograph.

Set the lamps up around the photo and shine them on it. Make sure there is no glare on the image.

Turn on the digital camera. Set it to capture highest quality photo. Set your ISO speed on the lowest setting.

Take a picture with the digital camera. Ensure you have a steady hand to avoid blurring or distorting the image. Look back at the result and repeat until happy with the outcome.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital Camera
  • Tripod
  • Lamp or Desk Light
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About the Author

Nicole Carlin is a registered yoga teacher. Her writing has been published in yoga and dance teacher training manuals for POP Fizz Academy. Carlin received a Masters of Arts in gender studies from Birkbeck University in London and a Bachelors of Arts in psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia.