Micro Photography "On The Cheap"

Written by 杨 道波 Friday, 05 November 2010 14:30

This is a method effective enough to make the photomicrograph (typically in our example a framed picture on an object 1 mm square). Attention many photos to come.

Of course you will not get incredible results, the fault in the optical quality of material used (plastic lenses), although with a little editing and desaturation to eliminate chromatic aberration, we get results very cool .

You will need:

- A compact camera (this can possibly work with reflections, but the tiny size of a lens of compact benefit greatly on this point)
- A microscope with a plastic toy Magnification approximately 100/200 times (more is useless) is not worth a bite of cheap (if not recovered)
- A "good" tripod, I mean large and stable enough, forget the mini-tripods, but again no need for a manfrotto carbon
- A tiny LED lamp type simple
- A lot of patience for photography and retouching

That procedure (if you're too lazy to read there is a summary below):

1. Choose the type of object to be photographed, preferably small (to put under the lens). If it is a bank note for example, no problem, you can normally use the microscope, with integrated light (see diagram below), but if a room or any other opaque object, we will have the illuminate otherwise, the principle of a dissecting microscope and that is where the LED will serve us.

2. Start by developing and using your microscope normally, with your eye. Be aware that you will not need to make a complicated MAP on the microscope, just look at the net naked eye and the camera will do the same.

3. Turn the camera lens right on the eyepiece of the microscope (This is where having a compact is an advantage, the objective having approximately the same size, and the front lens is generally protected by the barrel around it). Always use a tripod.

4. If you have a compact, it is likely that the MAP is hard to do, which is normal but in this case, set wherever you want because it is the focus of Microscope that account (you pay on infinite pouvz to be quiet).

5. If you do not see is that the device is misaligned or are not properly illuminate the subject, which can become a bit complicated when we only have 2 arms.

6. If everything is aligned properly, you see a small round image surrounded by black. Zoom in to fill the frame, paying attention to what the lens does not stumble on the eyepiece.

7. That normally you can finally take your picture, the interest is that the foot as there is very little light exposure times are very long. Feel free to make many trials by illuminating from various angles.

Version summary:

1. Take a small object is transparent if you use the microscope normally and if it is opaque light it with LED or a small lamp

2. Made first focus on the eye

3. Attach the lens to the eyepiece, making sure the central lens (preferably a compact)

4. MAP matter, zoom to fill the image

5. Shoot

This is a small diagram, you see that if the object is transparent you can use conventional lighting (red), but otherwise you'll have to reflect light from other object on your (green).

A few examples, I'll let you guess what it is, and wish you good luck if you're interested


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Last Updated on Friday, 05 November 2010 15:06