Nikon 105 for butterfly collection

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dave gaines
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Using photo file numbers to idetify specimens
In reply to TQGroup, 3 months ago

TQGroup wrote:

... Photographing specimens with a simple unique identifier, eg number on a sticker that can be replaced in the display case with the specimen is simpler and hence much faster than "mucking about" with labels and tags of different sizes, shapes and even multiples per specimen. And this is still likely to be our preferred method of image capture as the data entry can be done at leisure by other cost-effective means.

It also seems possible to record the photo file number on a separate paper list of speicmen names or numbers. If the specimens are identified by number or name anywhere in the case, you don't have to photograph that identifier. If you can monitor the image file name or number occasionally in review and sequentially number all of the specimens with that photo file number on a running paper list then anyone could match the photo to the specimen later. All it requires is a pencil and paper on a clipboard.

You should also be able to re-set the file numbering system in-camera to allow for larger file numbers, more than the default 4 digits, so all 10,000 of the file name/numbers are unique. You could occasionally change the prefix letter as the photography and collection progresses, but there's more to remember that way.

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