Astronaut’s Photography Manual

September 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have an interest both in spaceflight and Hasselblads, so I was very excited when I found that Hasselblad has made their 1984 NASA Astronaut’s Photography Manual available to the public.

As a guidebook for the NASA Photography Training Program, it not only describes the operation of the Hasselblad 500 EL/M cameras used on the U. S. Space Shuttle but is also a concise manual on photography to assist astronauts in creating the best possible space photographs.

Hasselblad cameras have performed with precision on every manned space flight since 1962 and undoubtedly future missions will continue to yield those awe-inspiring and beautiful images from space – a priceless pictorial legacy for future generations.

A lot of the info applies to all photography, but I love that all the examples are taken from space shuttle travel.

Mugshots

September 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Photo from the Museum of Photographic Arts Collections. Public domain.

If you ever got your picture taken in school you will know that photographers who shoot people tend to stick with a set of jokes and phrases they know will get the photos they need every time. Wedding photographers know how to get the look they need from their couples and us medical photographers know how to make our patients relax. Did I say the jokes work every time? Well, almost. « Read the rest of this entry »

Award-Winning Medical Photographer David Bishop

September 15, 2011 § 2 Comments

Check out this video where medical photographer and winner of the 2011 Wellcome Images Special Award, David Bishop, talks about his work at the UCL Medical School and the story behind his beautiful award-winning photo.

You can see all the 2011 award winners here.

Is the Tide Changing?

September 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

Photo by Robert Peinert © All rights reserved.

Guest post by Robert Peinert

Over the last several years, as I continue to do research for various projects, I’ve read about a growing number of Medical Photography Departments that are shutting their doors or changing their focus. Private hospitals, public community-based hospitals, and even several university-based hospitals have closed their photography and media departments in recent years. Costs and hospital/departmental needs are among the top reasons, however a more reoccurring reason is the growth of technology.

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Ye Olde Copy Stand

August 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

© Medical Photography Section, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo.


We’ve been clearing our shelves of old camera catalogues and other papers and found this polaroid in between some old Hasselblad pamphlets. Photographer B, who started working here in 1977, says he’s never seen this copy stand, so we’re guessing the photo must be from the early 1970s or late 1960s.

Summer of Love?

July 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

"Sisters". Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved. Click for larger version.

I’ll spend most of the summer away from internet connections, so there won’t be any posts for some weeks. Looking forward to spend long summer days with my two daughters, but as always the big question is: will this be a summer of sisterly love or hate? Have a good one :)

Expired Instants

July 17, 2011 § 1 Comment

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Photos by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

In July work tends to be less busy than the rest of the year, and there’s time to finish larger projects, test new equipment and tidy up the storage room. While doing just that, I came across a large batch of expired instant film in one of our fridges. I had seen them before, but now I had time to see if they still worked. « Read the rest of this entry »

BioImages 2011 Winners

July 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Check out the winners of this year’s BioImages competition, showcasing the finest still, graphics and motion media work in the life sciences and medicine.

I was especially impressed by two images, Bryan Wood’s “Mitral Valve Repair” in the series category and Phil Snow’s “Eye See” in the portrait category. Go here to see them.

You can also view the entire BioImages Salon displayed at the BioCommunications Association’s Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ in June. I had two photos accepted for display: “Squamous Cell Carcinoma” and “Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen”. Enjoy!

Photographer Shoots His Own Surgery

July 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Photo by Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker ©.

Photographer Charles McQuillan has won the 2011 BT Northern Ireland Press Photographer of the Year for his photographs of his own heart surgery. Suddenly diagnosed with coronary artery disease at the age of 39, McQuillan decided to shoot his subsequent operation to busy his mind and cope with the situation. « Read the rest of this entry »

Found Anatomy

May 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All Rights Reserved. Click for larger image.

Left upper extremity found in the medical student’s practical skills center. Tip of thumb missing. Multiple flesh wounds, most of them sutured but none of them healed. « Read the rest of this entry »

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