Animal Lovers' Blog


I’ve noticed in the past while that it has become quite trendy (and I don’t mean that in a bad way) for entomologists to photograph insect specimens using a white box. A white box is exactly that—a box that has white inner walls, into which you put your specimen which is then illuminated by bouncing light off the walls. The result is very soft lighting—and if done correctly—a seamless white background. The technique isn’t new—I first read about it in an issue of the Journal of Biological Photography way back in the 1970s. Last year I actually published a book in which most of the photographs were taken using white box techniques. [A low-res copy of the book can be downloaded for free here: Guide to the Identification of Precious and Semi-precious Corals]. But before today I hadn’t tried using a white box to photograph a live animal. 


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