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Extended Depth of Field Photography

Episode:41Te Papa Collection:Natural Environment

Suggested curriculum levels:5 – 8

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Science: Nature of Science

Description:High tech photography brings the natural world's tiniest creatures into focus. It's a complex process involving hundreds of images per animal. If only they'd sit still for the camera!

Questions for students

  1. Explore the term 'extended depth of field photography' to make sure you can combine the meanings of the individual words to understand the term. Explain what it means in your own words.
  2. Why does the photographer use the camera? What is his main purpose?
  3. What can this kind of photography achieve that was not possible before? How does it do this?
  4. How are scientists using the information this photography can provide? What are some of its limitations? What are some of its possibilities? Research other examples of how photographic techniques are being used.
  5. Using what you've learned from this Tale, what else could extended depth of field photography be used for? Use the 'Ideas' response template to explore one science-related idea. Based on this, describe a scientific application you might have if you had access to the technology.

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