What is Micro Photography?

Micro photography involves taking photographs using a microscope. The technology used is similar to that of an astronomical telescope. It is used to take images of substances smaller than a grain of sand that cannot be captured by regular DSLR cameras.

History of Microphotography

In earlier days of microphotography, cameras used involved the 35 mm Single Lens Reflex with microscope adapters. The development of digital cameras has replaced the SLRs with more powerful cameras and lenses. These cameras are attached using specialty adapters.

Attaching the DSLR on a Microscope

In order to attach the DSLR onto the microscope, a T-adapter is needed. These types of accessories can be found in any camera shop. T-adapters are flexible and can even accommodate mounting older SLR cameras. When mounting the camera, it is important to note the size and weight of the camera as this can affect the stability of the attachment.

Creating Homemade Adapters

Real adapters used in the field are expensive and cost hundreds of dollars to purchase. For photographers looking for a more affordable alternative, homemade adapters can be made using a number of everyday items and tools. Using PVC pipes, a hobby lathe, a drill press and a few design modifications, these adapters can work on most models of microscopes and even spotting scopes and telescopes.

Before attaching the adapter, the interiors must be painted with a layer of flat black paint in order to remove any reflections from affecting the final image. PC cameras or webcams can also be attached to the microscope. The lens can be removed and adapted for this purpose.