Most images, even those directly from your phone or camera, will require some editing (cropping, rotating, etc.).

Scanning images requires a lot more attention to detail than just scanning pages of text. Here, we offer some guidelines for getting the best possible images from scanning.

Many students, particularly graduate students, will use a digital camera to capture high quality images for their research in museums and archives. If you are an A&A graduate student we encourage you to make an appointment with the departmental photographer, John ( to learn best practices. Here, we offer some information on photography for research (although there are so many different kinds of cameras and situations it is better you speak to an actual photographer).

While you can change the specifications of a camera or scanner to output a high quality digital file you may still want to edit the image. Here we describe some of the basic editing techniques Visual Resources staff use daily.