List of Entomological Publications (Autobibliographie)
Ulrich PAUKSTADT & Laela Hayati PAUKSTADT
Paukstadt, U., & Paukstadt, L. H. (2002): Vor- und Nachteile der digitalen Makrofotografie. - Galathea - Berichte des Kreises Nürnberger Entomologen eV (Nürnberg), Supplement 12: pp. 70-79; col.-pl. with 9 figs.
Summary: Advantages and disadvantages in digital macro photography. -
Some different brands and models of digital cameras are presently available, but only a few of them provide a high comfort and therefore guarantee a high quality of images suitable for entomological studies and scientific applications. This contribution deals with a digital camera system suitable for photographing preserved and living insects, as well as for copying rare literature. Several examples on advantages and disadvantages of the digital macro photography are given herein and discussed in detail. Suitable macro images are not only the result of a high number of pixels of the CCD, but of the general technical specifications of the digital camera system as well, the easy handling of the camera system, special features of the camera system, and the available software to improve the photographic results. A digital camera should provide a built in macro range, as well as the possibility to mount and control a Macro Ring Flash or a Macro Twin Flash depending on the subject. Presently only a very few digital cameras are considered being suitable for the entomological macro photography. Two of those are the MINOLTA DiMAGE 5 and DiMAGE 7 fitted with either the optional MINOLTA Macro Ring Flash 1200 or the MINOLTA Twin Flash 2400 and Macro Flash Controller. Some examples of ring flash photography with a digital camera are given. Some further equipment may necessarily be purchased, which, of course, will considerable increase the total price for the digital camera system (e.g. remote control, tripod, photostand, memory card, microdrive, notebook or PC, photo software, ZIP-drive, AC/DC adapter, photoprinter, and a CD burner). The handling of some accessories is described, and their advantages and disadvantages are discussed in detail.