I an considering embarking on a project to capture clear, high resolution, consistent images of all remaining Apple-1 boards. This is a pretty ambitious project, and I'm quite realistic that being able to photograph all boards is almost impossible...but if I don't try then I won't manage to photograph any of them.
I've been working for a few weeks to setup a portable photo studio that I can take with me when I travel to different countries for this purpose. I think I've almost got something tested and ready and wanted to share the results with you. Here is a photo I took of my Mimeo-1 with this setup:
The full resolution cropped image is 21 megapixel, providing enough detail to read each component label:
Full resolution image download link on DropBox
The biggest challenge has been lighting because these boards contain a mix of reflective and non-reflective surfaces. Direct lighting produces too much glare and too many shadows, so diffuse lighting is required. The other factor is ensuring consistency. This means that the lighting, camera, board position, focal length, white balance, etc. have to remain constant across multiple board photography sessions. That makes it possible to directly compare multiple boards and identify subtle differences.
Before I invest much more time/effort into this project, I wanted to see if any Apple-1 owners are willing to participate by allowing me to photograph their boards in this way. I would of course enter into an agreement with the owner not to distribute these photos without their explicit permission, not use them for commercial purposes, and share high res originals with then for their own purposes (documentation, insurance, etc.). If you are willing to consider such a proposal, please don't expect me to show up tomorrow! I have a day-job and a family...but my work does take me to Europe, North America, and Asia several times per year (I live in Dubai) and can add a day or two on each trip to travel to the nearby cities/countries for a photoshoot.
The photoshoot itself won't take more than one hour including editing the photos for verification by the owner. The only requirement would be a clean dry space of about 3x3 meters and a power outlet for lighting and computer.
I'm curious to hear the opinions of owners and enthusiasts alike to see if anyone sees value in such a project. There's no point in doing it if no one is interested in the photos!