Best Practices for Digital Photography

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The Rare Books and Special Collections Library uses a digital SLR camera to capture 3 dimensional, fragile, and large objects. The digital photography specifications outlined in this document are based on the following guidelines and manuals:

  • American Society of Media Photographers Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow [1]
  • Canon EOS 600D Instruction Manual [2]


  • Canon EOS 600D 18.0 megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera
  • Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens
  • PhotoPRO GY-200 2 channel flash with 23W bulb
  • Beseler Company CS-20 copy stand
  • Matte black cardboard background


Setting Option
Image-recording quality RAW
Shooting mode P/Program AE
Picture style N/Neutral
White balance AWB
Auto lighting optimizer Off
AM mode MF/Manual focusing
Drive mode Single shooting
Metering mode Evaluative metering
Red-eye reduction Enable
Color space Adobe RGB
AF mode Live mode
ISO Speed 200
Aspect ratio 1:1
Auto rotate On
Exposure compensation/AEB setting 0

Set Up

RBSCL Digital Photography Set Up.jpg


  1. Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow
  2. Canon EOS 600D Instruction Manual
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