Photographing a detail of a mineral specimen and photographing a whole specimen can be different tasks. The most significant difference is taking care for a background. Another point is the field of view. While details of a specimen are typically in the range from 1 mm to a few cm, the whole specimen can be in the range of meters, but mostly from about 2 cm to less than 50 cm. And around the specimen there is a background !
Some photographers donīt take much care for background and so many different objects are visible: Blurred landscape, table linen or other kind of cloth, grass, hands holding specimen in the skye, boxes , specimen holders and so on.
To have maximal control over the visible background I recently arranged my equipment for specimen photography new, as described below.
Here a repro stand is in use. Alternative the camera can also connected to a tripod, or the repro stand is used in inclined view modus and pictures of minerals on the background setup are taken from the front, like here the whole equipment.was photographed.
|Picture 1: This setup is used for black background.|
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|Black on glass|