Library Digital Lab Open

At the Camera Club’s October 5th meeting Gillian Johnston introduced us to the Beaverbrook Library Digital Lab and said she’d follow up with an announcement when  the lab was available for bookings.

Here’s her recent announcement:

I’m writing to let you know the Digital Lab at the Beaverbrook branch of the Ottawa Public Library is now open for booking. We mentioned this room during our last visit, or, you joined us for a tour. The room focuses on preserving and/or converting your memories.

We have more information on our website, including details about the equipment and bookings.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at this email.

You can see pictures of some of the gear available at the lab here.


Jim Leask on Slide Copying

At our March  6th meeting, Jim Leask demonstrated how to easily and quickly copy slides using a DSLR, an off camera flash and a slide adapter. You can review his notes here.

The adapter he used to hold the slide in front of his camera is a Nikon ES-1 and is available from Henry’s. Note that it is a 52mm thread so you may need an adapter for your lens. Note also that, if you don’t already own a suitable macro lens, you can use extension tubes to adapt whatever lens you have to close focus.

Digitize Media at the Library

Jennifer Armstrong at the Beaverbrook Branch of the Ottawa Public Library recently passed along this information about new digitizing equipment they’ll be getting soon:

We do not yet have a date that the equipment will be available for public use.

As for the nature of the equipment or its capabilities, I can only pass along what little I know.

The collection of equipment should allow for the following:

  • Scanning, editing, and digitizing photographs
  • Digitizing slides and negatives
  • Converting 8mm film to digital
  • Converting VHS to digital

There will most likely be only one of each piece of equipment, which means that customers will have to sign up to use them.

I will do my best to keep you and the club up to date.

For more information, please contact Jennifer.