Photographing Specimens

Elizabeth Skillen
University of Georgia
11 November, 1998


We are beginning to train teachers to photograph images for species homepages. Below is an example of a parasitic wasp Coelichneumon histricus (Hymenoptera: Ichenuomidae) taken with a Nikon Coolpix 900 Digital Camera. This is our first digital image. We are excited about our progress!

Shadowless Photography of Specimens

Elevate a piece of non-glare window glass 1.5 to 2 inches above a grey piece of paper. Use modeling clay to hold both the sharp and the round end of the pin. Use 3 GE daylight 100 watt light bulbs positioned for equal lighting and set the white balance with a piece of extra-white paper. Proper white balance is essential or the specimen color will be corrupted by the artificial lighting. It also helps to use center focus setting. -Norbert Kondla 2007

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