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AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation

AIC has published the long-awaited second edition of the AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation, authored by Jeffrey Warda (editor), Franziska Frey, Dawn Heller, Dan Kushel, Timothy Vitale, and BAACG Board Member Gawain Weaver.

A 224 page full-color book is a comprehensive guide on all aspects of digital photography of works of art and cultural heritage written specifically for conservators and collections care custodians. 

Topics include information on photography equipment (including cameras, lenses, lights, printers, and software options); practical recommendations on the use of color management, file formats, file naming protocols, and metadata; and advice on best practices for storage and backup of electronic records. The second half of the book explains and illustrates photographic tools and techniques that are unique to conservation documentation photography, including visible light, ultraviolet, and infrared photography. A color appendix includes step-by-step screenshots of software applications to illustrate key aspects of digital photographic documentation.This includes the photographic capture process with a camera tethered to a computer and use of Adobe(r) Photoshop(r) and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom(r) software; color-managed printing to an inkjet printer; and detailed instructions on creating and applying metadata and keyword templates for photographic records in Lightroom and Adobe Bridge(r) software.

With over 120 color figures, this expanded second edition is more than twice the size of the first edition and incorporates an internal spiral binding to allow the book to lay flat. Awarded the
Preservation Publication Award from the Society of American Archivists, this book is an essential reference for the conservator's library.

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Ruth Seyler
Membership and Meetings Director
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
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