US, New York—Birth Indexes, 1881–1942 Documents too dark
Most of the batches I check out for this group is very dark and very hard, to almost impossible, to read. I have been 'returning' them as I am not sure what to do with them. Do I mark them as Yes, and then attempt to index the 5 out of 60 records, or what?
Thank you in advance for your help.
Click on the two-horizontal-lines-with-dots icon on the left of your screen. Click on the sun icon. When you see the BRIGHTNESS/CONTRAST menu, move BRIGHTNESS all the way to the right; for CONTRAST, move it to the right as well. Play with both until you get the preferred result then click on APPLY.
This is what you'll get. Try making the image larger by pressing the + icon--sometimes that helps.
Unfortunately other NY projects seems to have the same visual problem. The project I'm working on is bright in the middle but too dark on the corners to make anything readable.1
Thank you! I am from New York, so I am enjoying reading all the cities. :D0
I am having the same issue with some of the NY birth index records, and playing with the brightness/contrast does not seem to help at all. Neither does enlarging the image. It looks as if the ink just blurred right into the paper. So..... same question: do I send the record back, or mark yes with the faint hope of making out a few words here and there?0
It is often the case that documents need their brightness and contrast adjusted constantly all over the page, in other words, no one-size fits all. Look at each part of the page and do the best you can to read and understand what it written. However, there are some documents where it is impossible to decipher what is written due to a badly exposed or focussed picture. These should be returned, in the hope that they can either be subjected to more sophisticated equipment than we have available on our PCs or tablets, or at some point, re-photographed.
@PATRICIABAUMANN4 If you have a problem batch again, please post the Batch Code (MXXX-XXX) at the end of the batch name.0
I am also working these batches and I’m finding it helpful to look at this for NY Cities & towns (link below to .gov pdf)
Also if you flip between images of the record before, you can better see the bottom of pages. This help see where the other page left off and since it’s in alphabetical order, its a start when the top of the pages are the worst.0