Getting started: Photograph your Stamps

In order to start using the Stamp Analyser, you will need images of the stamps that you want to analyze.

There are three ways of obtaining the images.

  1. Scan your stamps; simple and by far the best method, click here  for the procedure;
  2. Photograph your stamps; tricky but doable, see below for the procedure;
  3. Obtain the stamp images from any website, click here  for the procedure;     

Photograph your stamps

Starting from version 9 of the stamp Analyser, coins are used as a reference instead of the QR code. You can continue to use the QR code for the prior versions.

The new procedure using coins is as follows: 

  1.  From the main screen, select your coin from the provided list or add your coin to the list and then lock your selection by tapping the lock symbol. You have to do this once only; unless you want to change your coin.
  2. Start the camera by selecting  the “Camera Icon”  from the menu of Stamp Analyser’s  main screen;
  3. Place each stamp and the selected coin on a CLEAN black background directly under the camera lens. Important to place the coin and stamp directly under the lens to achieve better focus.
  4. The stamp should be lying flat and not curled-up.
  5. Mount the camera on a stable platform such as a tripod, a stack of books or a box will work just fine.
  6. The photo should be taken head-on  i.e, camera parallel to the stamp;  To help set up the camera head-on, the Roll and Pitch values of the iPhone/iPad are displayed. When these values reach zero and fade away; then the camera is head-on.
  7. For the iPhone the optimum distance from the camera to the stamp is approximately 10 cms; increase this distance for the iPad.
  8. Avoid bright lights, including direct bright sunlight; Diffused light works best to minimise glare and shadows; lighting is critical, ensure that there is adequate light and no glare from the coin.
  9. Once you have set up the camera, run a test with a stamp of known perforations. This will ensure that you have the correct setup.
  10. For stamps with major cancellations or if design runs into perforations; turn stamp over.
  11. Coins approaching 2mm thickness can create shadows and are not recommended; use the largest bronze/Copper coin possible. Bronze coins create less glare.

After the photo is taken,  the Stamp Analyser will present a Crop View. Drag the crop rectangle around the stamp and then select “Analyse”. Check out the video on photographing stamps.