The University Library's Digitisation team have photographed a wide variety of objects from glass slides to First World War helmets, but the First Folio has been one of the more nerve-wracking jobs...
The Folio is normally kept in temperature and humidity controlled conditions, but was taken to our specially equipped studio for digitisation.
The book was photographed using a digital medium format camera connected to a computer.
Before a single shot was taken, book supports were carefully arranged to make sure that pages were at an angle so that they could be photographed without distortion or shadows, as lighting, colour balance and angles need to be standardised from one page to another.
It took two people working together to photograph the First Folio: one person arranging the book support, adjusting the focus and turning the pages; the other taking the photographs via the computer, then carefully checking the resulting images and metadata.
The book was captured by photographing all the pages on the right hand (recto) side first, then rotating it 180 degrees and photographing all the left-hand (verso) pages.
Once photography had finished, processing began: cropping and interleaving the left and right pages so they reflected the order of the original.
The aim was to capture the book as closely to the original as possible during the photography stage, so there was little need for further processing or enhancement.
The images were then ready to be uploaded to the website and form part of this resource.