Taking Good Photos For Plant Diagnosis

Taking Good Photos For Plant Diagnosis


Hi, my name is Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca and I am with the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic and today I’m going to be talking about digital photography. At the clinic we do love to see a lot of photos and the photos can help us to try and determine what type of sample to submit. We unfortunately cannot do a diagnosis only based on photos but with a sample we can try and find the evidence of the pathogen and give you recommendations. We receive photos in the clinic and the challenge is poor photos. Because they may be out of focus or the light is not right they may be too dark or the size is too small and we won’t be able to get the details. So here are some of our best tips: Get different perspectives, make sure that you include a shot of the whole plant and then you walk closer to look for closeups different angles try different locations and try and take pictures of your tree from different angles. Focus. Focus. Focus. Make sure the plant or mushroom is seen clearly in your photos. Include a size reference. Depending on the size place a coin, pencil or ruler next to the specimen in the photograph. If you are nervous about your ability as a photographer, don’t be. Photography is an art that is hard to master. Together we will help you take the best photo possible to get you the best result possible.

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