Photomicrography is the process of taking photographs through a microscope. Whether you are using film or a digital camera, photomicrography remains a non-standard branch of photography. Despite many advances in the automation of tasks, photomicrography is fraught with problems and potential disappointments for people who expect everything to go right first time.
I have prepared a handout for people wishing to explore the mysteries of photomicrography.
This document includes instructions for correctly setting up compound and stereo microscopes. Correct instrument setup is important for visual work but vital for making quality photographs.
When taking photomicrographs it is vital to record technical details, so that you can:
- repeat successful procedures (or determine the cause of faults),
- recall aspects of technique if required for later explanation or subsequent research work.
A record sheet is available to record notes and technical details of your photomicrographic adventures. This is available from the link below. Make a copy of this record sheet file and print extra copies as required when making photomicrographs.
Photomicrography Record Sheet
Several groups on campus now have microscopes with dedicated, specialised digital cameras attached. I have prepared user documentation for some of these — please contact me if you would like more information.