The art and science of photography

A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the saying goes. So why are photographs so important in science?

Photos of science tell the stories of scientists and their discoveries. Photos are also used by scientists for collecting data to do the science itself. For example, photographs are used for recording the features of many different scientific specimens, these include plants, insects, marine creatures and even planets.

In the DIY guide below, Matt Walters, science communicator at UC's School of Biological Sciences, shares a few of his photography techniques for you to try. Learn how to tell your story through pictures, and how to take photos that help identify specimens in the wild. Make your photos stand out and get noticed!

We'd love to see the photos you take as you try out some of these activities. Feel free to share your work at or via our Facebook or Instagram.