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Natural Science Imaging and Photography

Edited By Michael R. Peres Copyright 2021
    448 Pages 143 Color & 105 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    448 Pages 143 Color & 105 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    448 Pages 143 Color & 105 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

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    This book provides an in-depth exploration of scientific photography. Highlighting the best practices needed to make, distribute, and preserve scientific visual information using digital photographic methods and technologies, it offers solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing photographers.

    Written by a team of international, award-winning image makers with over 300 years of cumulative experience, this comprehensive resource explains the foundations used, the tools required, and the steps to needed for creating the optimal photograph in a range of environments and circumstances. Topics covered include:

    • ethical practices

    • aerial photography

    • close-up and macro photography

    • computational photography

    • field photography

    • geological photography

    • imaging with invisible spectrums

    • photographing small animals in captivity

    • time-based imaging

    • image processing in science

    Showcasing modern methods, this book equips readers with the skills needed to capture and process the best image possible.

    Designed for basic and intermediate photographers, Natural Science Imaging and Photography exists as an essential contemporary handbook.

    Preface: Why I Wrote this Book

    About the Authors
    Part I: Industry Expectations and Attitudes
    1. Why Best Practices as an Approach

    2. Optimizing Imaging Outcomes
    3. The Image in Science

    4. Ethical Practices

    James Hayden

    5. The Subject of the Photograph
    Part II: Tools and Technology Foundations
    6. Cameras and Photographic Practices

    7. Light and Lenses

    8. A Deeper Dive into Digital Devices
    9. Lighting for Natural Science Photography
    Part III: Applications
    10. Aerial Photography

    Keith Mancini
    11. Close-Up and Macro Photography
    12. Computational Photography
    13. Field Photography

    Adrian Davies

    14. Fossils, Minerals, and Geological Samples

    Norman Barker

    15. Imaging with Invisible Spectrums

    Adrian Davies
    16. Contemporary Light Microscopy Practices
    17. Photographing Small Animals in Captivity

    Charles Hedgcock

    18. Time Based Imaging

    Ted Kinsman

    Part IV: After Capture Post Production

    19. Image Processing in Science

    Staffan Larsson


    Michael R. Peres is an award-winning photo-educator and biomedical photographer. A professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, Peres has been a leader in the field for more than 40 years. He has lectured and led workshops in more than 15 countries and authored more than ten books, including the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Fourth Edition and Laboratory Imaging and Photography.

    "Michael Peres has produced yet another outstanding technical text, Natural Science Imaging and Photography which addresses the various techniques and methods for capturing images from science and nature. Along with seven expert contributors, Peres has created a go-to source for all image makers attempting to record high-quality images of both visual and invisible subjects. Starting with a historical overview of photography’s origins, up through emerging digital technologies, this volume provides concise data which provides how to successfully navigate the imaging chain with its the various parameters, considerations, preparations, practical applications, and best practices.

    Natural Science Imaging and Photography addresses a variety of imaging techniques and treatments, including microscopic, macroscopic, small animal, time based, and even aerial images captured using aircraft & drones. Nineteen chapters are offered filled with B&W and color photographs, illustrations, equations, and formulas to help simplify and explain the principles of imaging natural science subjects. Careful selection of imaging equipment, including cameras, lenses, filters, lab tools, etc. are presented in sufficient depth to guide one through the stages of image making. Plus digital imaging processing is presented in great detail, including extensive helpful step-by-step protocols. In addition to the technical imaging data, emphasis is stressed regarding creating scientific images while being careful to work safely, cause no harm, and obey professional standards and ethical guidelines.                         

    This outstanding technical book which Peres and his co-authors have created, each contributing their respective specialty, is hallmarked by one overriding theme: passion for their craft. Whether in the controlled lab or out in a remote field location their passion is palpable as they all clearly approach their work with the goal of attaining perfection. That passion is clearly reflected in their willingness to share their knowledge via this text. Anyone interested in learning about detailed techniques on capturing natural science images, from student to seasoned professional alike, should add this outstanding volume to their personal library, and keep it handy for frequent reference. Natural Science Imaging and Photography should be required-reading for all natural science image makers as it is truly an absolute "gold mine" of topical information!"

    Robert C. Turner, RBP, MBA, FBPA, Director (retired), BioMedical Graphics Department, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California

    "Professor Michael Peres’ book Natural Science Imaging and Photography is a complete tome on the techniques and practices required for the photographic documentation of natural science. His decades of experience as the head of RIT’s Biomedical Photography program prepared him well for this book. Peres invited some of the world’s specialists in their fields to be contributing authors covering aerial photography, ethical practices, field photography, geological photography, imaging processing, and best practices. These authors together with Peres have written a wonderful and comprehensive manual for natural science applications. 

    Photographing subjects that are invisible is explored, as well as photomicrography, close up techniques, and photographing small animals in captivity. There are also chapters devoted to time-based imaging and ethics.

    Everything from the foundations of photography, optics, light measurement, electromagnetic radiation, digital technology and lighting is included. For a scientist who needs to photograph their research or the photographer interested in science, you will find this book to be an all-encompassing resource for the techniques and practices needed in natural science as well as scientific photography. It is written using clear and everyday language, so you don’t have to be a scientist to enjoy the book."

    Constance J. Johansen, RBP, BFA, FBCA, Retired from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency