Photographing Tombstones

I photograph ancestors' tombstones for inclusion in my genealogical files.

...When photographing, get in close and get a FULL shot of the headstone.

The dates need to be larger and clearer for scanning purposes.

...On older white stones, you may need to photograph from an angle to try

and get a shadow on the names.

...Also, be sure to keep YOUR shadow out of the picture. On flat stones,

you can always photograph from the back side, upside-down, to

prevent a shadow. On upright stones, get low so the sun is over

your shoulder or move to the side slightly.

One must always be careful not to damage the stone.

..The use of CHALK, lightly rubbed over the surface, can sometimes

highlight the edges of worn lettering so it will show up in a photo.

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