Digital Photography 101: Managing Cameras, Lighting, and Workstations for Specimen Imaging

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Digital Photography 101: Managing Cameras, Lighting, and Workstations for Specimen Imaging

iDigBio and the Florida Museum of Natural History are hosting a 1.5-day workshop at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, FL, 2-3 May 2017. The formal workshop will begin at 8:00 a.m. EDT on the 2nd and end at noon on the 3rd. However, workshop facilitators will be on hand the afternoon of the 3rd to allow for additional practice, individualized assistance, and further exploration. The impetus for the workshop grew from discussion at the iDigBio Summit 2016. The workshop is targeted to collections managers,  digitization specialists, and others in museums and biodiversity collections that have little to moderate experience with digital photography and would like to learn methods for enhancing specimen imaging, as well as the technical workings of their camera. The workshop will focus on the technicalities of digital cameras, their operation, and the influence of camera settings on image quality.  Topics will include digital camera and lens morphology, manual camera operation, customizing settings for specific purposes, sensor types, image file selection, lens types and usage, lighting and white balance, camera copy stands,  light boxes, and imaging workflows for imaging various types of organisms and preservation types. This is a basic course in digital photography for specimen imaging. Participants are encouraged to bring the DSLR camera and lens they use in their work, the camera manual (if available), and preferably a laptop with the software used for managing the camera. Hands-on activities will be emphasized. The agenda for the workshop is available on the wiki at:,_Lighting,_and_Workstations_for_Specimen_Imaging.

This is a self-supported workshop. There is no registration fee. Participants will be responsible for costs of travel, lodging, meals, and per diem. We have reserved a block of reasonably priced rooms near the Museum.

The workshop facility has limited capacity. Acceptance will be based on a first come, first served basis.

Registration deadline is March 15, though registration might close earlier if the workshop fills.

To register:

Start Date: 
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, May 03, 2017 (All day)
Dickinson Hall