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Biological photography and digital imaging

Squirrel in a tree

Digital imaging has become a flexible tool for studies in biology. Career biologists, naturalists, educators, and those with interests in nature can learn how to employ easy techniques to obtain exciting images and videos of the diverse and sometimes fascinating biology of Itasca.  Classroom activities and field trips provide students with multiple opportunities to cultivate interests, explore habitats, document unique biology and ecology while learning some valuable imaging skills.  With over 25 years of field experience at Itasca the instructor can share insights into unique ecology of Itasca and help students follow their interests.  This course is one of a kind for students to learn flexible skills applicable to research, interviews, education, and interpretive work.

Digital cameras are provided for student use.  Personal cameras can also be used if manual settings, focus, and zoom are capable and comparable to class cameras.  Students will learn simple, flexible skills for:  1) landscape photography and habitat documentation.  2) close-up photography and higher magnification macrophotography  3) photomicroscopy and videomicroscopy for microscopic organisms.  4)  underwater imaging of stream and near-shore organisms.  Free, user friendly software will be introduced for cataloging, editing, and manipulating images. No prior biological or photographic experience is necessary. Read more about class activities with links to sample images.

View a recent example of Extreme Macrophotography by the photography instructor checking out a new video codec.