Digital Cameras

Mike Snow snow at UP.EDU
Wed Mar 18 16:44:06 EST 1998

	 Ross Konig has nicely summarized many of the reasons we're
considering a digital set-up. Specifically, I will be taking students to a
field location for about 5 weeks. The timing and location will offer
little time for processing of 35mm film. I would like the students to be
able to work daily in separate groups and bring back information that
could be shared on a laptop. In addition, colors and sizes of related
structures may be compared using software such as NIH Image.
	Thanks to all for the comments that have been coming in regarding
this subject! They have been very helpful.  A number of responses to my
query have come to me individually. I'd be happy to summarize these and
share them with the group if enough people are interested. 

Mike Snow
Department of Biology 
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203

(503) 283-7175 (work)
(503) 283-7399 (fax)

On 17 Mar 1998, Warwick Silvester wrote:

> >>Our department is interested in purchasing a digital camera for
> >>photographing plants in the field.
> >
> >I'm puzzled.  Why?  At the moment you'll get far superior quality, color and
> >detail  from conventional Kodachrome/Kodacolor at lower price.  What's the
> >benefit?
> >
> >Quent
> Yes I would agree, we have found that taking a decent colour print and
> scanning it gives a far better digital image than any  digital camera  we
> have tried.  But also try putting plant material straight onto your scanner
> using a blackened or whitened aquarium as a background  and you can get
> quite stunning digital images.
> Warwick Silvester
> Warwick Silvester                      Ph.(07) 838 4613  and voicemail
> Dept of Biological Sciences             Fax(07) 838 4324
> University of Waikato                     Email w.silvester at
> Hamilton, New Zealand

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