Biological Imaging: The Use of Microscopy to Observe and Photograph Life

3:00PM – 6:00PM
Mar 18 – Apr 22
Location To Be Announced
1.50 CEUs, 6 Sessions

Instructor: Joseph A. DeGiorgis, PhD
BFA Fine Arts
School of Visual Arts

Capturing images of nature and biological phenomena is an essential component of the scientific process; it is also an intricate aspect of art. In this course we will utilize macro lenses and dissecting stereo microscopes, as well as compound and fluorescent microscopes to obtain images of the microscopic world. Students will photograph marine invertebrates, including sea urchins, starfish, tunicates, comb jellies, anemones and sponges. Under the high-mag objective, we will image zooplankton and phytoplankton from marine and freshwater samples, and tissues prepared with our hands for microscopic observations. Students will develop a portfolio of images through projects that can include still life, video, time-lapse imaging, stereo pairs of 3D images, focal stacking and high-dynamic range photography. See what you can discover under magnification.