Remember: you probably do NOT need to buy a lot of expensive equipment; what you already have will work. Many universities, including the University of Illinois, have tripods and other equipment to rent, and some departments are willing to purchase equipment for their students. Keep in mind, however, that some archives will not allow tripods or additional lighting.
Be sure to also read the Camera page for suggestions on what features to use for good picture quality and what to look for in a camera.
Tripod / Copy Stand
- A tripod (for example: Giottos 'professional' series) has a column that moves up and down and also cantilevers to any angle so you can easily place two legs of the tripod against the table and have the column extend over the table so you can point the camera straight down over the book.
- Tripod review: http://jimdoty.com/learn/acc/tripods1/tripods1.html
Do-it-yourself camera stabilizers for when you need to steady your hand, but can't use or afford a tripod.
Remote or shutter release, so pressing the button does not jar the camera