Computer programs and apps
Lots of microscopists now use a digital camera, and there are lots of computer programs and apps to make life easier and improve your photomicrographs. You may be able to find reviews on the Internet.
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Remote control (tethering)
These programs let you connect your camera to your computer, and then focus and compose your image on the computer screen, adjust white balance, exposure, etcetera, and take photos without touching the camera.
- Breeze Systems DSLR Remote Pro
- Breeze Systems NKRemote
- CamFi & CamFi Pro
- Canon Camera Connect (free)
- Canon EOS Utility (free)
- digiCamControl (free)
- Helicon Remote
- MICAM (free or donation)
- Nikon Camera Control Pro
- Nikon NX Tether (free)
- Olympus Capture (free)
- Panasonic Lumix Tether (free)
- Phase One Capture One
- qDslrDashboard (free)
- Sony Imaging Edge (free)
- Tetherscript Technology Control My Canon
- Tetherscript Technology Control My Nikon
- ToupTek ToupView (free)
- Tucsen Mosaic and TCapture
Depth of field is extremely small in photomicrographs. If you take a series of photographs focused at different planes in your specimen, these programs will pick the sharpest bits from each image and combine them into a new image with good depth of field.
If your specimen is too big to take in a single photograph, you can take a set of of slightly-overlapping photos that cover the whole specimen, and then use one of these programs to join them together.
These programs let you improve your photos by rotating, cropping, adjusting contrast, adjusting brightness, lightening shadows, setting white balance, adjusting colour balance, retouching, sharpening, etcetera.
- Adobe Lightroom
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Photoshop Elements
- Adobe Photoshop Express (free)
- Canon Digital Photo Professional (free)
- Corel PaintShop Pro
- GIMP – GNU Image Manipulation Program (free)
- Paint.NET (free or donation)
- Phase One Capture One
- PictureCode Photo Ninja
- PhotoScape X (free)
- PhotoScape X Pro
- Serif Affinity Photo