A picture worths a thousand words. What you seen through a microscope is very difficult to describe in words. Sharing a picture with your friends is an effective way to share what you see with your friends. Back to early days, microscopists draw pictures using pencils. Some still do today but it’s very time consuming — Micscape Magazine has an excellent article about the techniques for drawing botanical subjects. You can do this easily with a camera if you don’t have much talent in drawing, like myself, or simply don’t have time to do it. No mater it is for a student for working on school projects or a researcher for preparing for scientific publication or a laboratory technician for preserving their finding, Taking photos from a microscope is an very important part of microscopy.
With the development of digital cameras, taking photos through a microscope is much easier and cheaper than before. You can take pictures using the camera that you already own. It could be a snapshot camera that you can directly take a picture from the eyepiece or a DSLR with specilized adapter that attached to the third port of trinocular. You can alos use a professional microscope camera capture the images store it directly to your computer through an USB port. The illustration of these techniques can be seen here.
The purpose of this page as well as the articles below are not to ask you to purchase expensive equipments or becoming the next Charles Krebs. I would like to sharing with you my experiences with photomicrography. The topics varied from using snapshot cameras, DSLRS, professional microscope cameras or digital image capturing and optimizing softwares. I hope these articles are useful.
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