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Mineral PhotographyPhoto Style

26th Nov 2018 10:34 GMTMatt King


I really like these styles of photo.

Could someone please enlighten me as to the set up for taking photo's like this.

If there is already a set of guides then is there a link to it?

Or is it just a photo superimposed on a photoshopped background?

Many thanks


26th Nov 2018 10:41 GMTKeith Compton Manager

Some are photoshoped but most are not.

I suggest you get Jeff Scovil's book on mineral photography to answer most of your queries.

There are also various guidelines in the photography forum on this site.

Just go through the topics

26th Nov 2018 19:27 GMTPaul Brandes Manager

The style is nice, but the clarity/sharpness of the photo is awful.

As Keith mentioned, Jeff's book is great. Even though it's tailored to film photography, many of the techniques mentioned can also be applied to digital.

26th Nov 2018 21:25 GMTAntoine Barthélemy

Keith and Paul: what book exactly are you referring to? Where could I find it? Thanks!

26th Nov 2018 22:58 GMTKeith Compton Manager

Just type in Scovill mineral photography in your search engine!

"Photographing Minerals, Fossils, and Lapidary Materials" Jeffrey A. Scovil,

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Geoscience Pr (May 1, 1996)

Language: English

Typing Jeff Scovill you will also get links to various articles whicn will give you some clues.

Also read Wendell Wilson's articles in the Min Record on photography - viewable on the Min Record site.

27th Nov 2018 02:06 GMTKevin Conroy


27th Nov 2018 02:31 GMTKelly Nash Expert

Lots of good info in Scovill's book and Wendell Wilson's article, but really, there are good reasons that film photography has largely gone the way of the buggy whip. There is a pretty good article on digital photography of minerals on John Betts' website, here:
"Digital Mineral Photography"

And, as Keith suggests, lots of good techniques and tips can be found browsing this forum.

27th Nov 2018 06:28 GMTChristian Auer Expert

I dont know that book but I hope it will not recommend such photos?

Why in Gods name do you cut off the xtl ???

27th Nov 2018 06:41 GMTKevin Hean

Because it's blurry :-)
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