To make a greater impact in the world, scientists need to find ways into the public conversation, and beautiful photos are one way to draw attention to their work, both from their peers and the public at large.
“Scientists who use photography — and virtually all of us do — can help people gain a better understanding of what they’re depicting if they take the time to look at composition, color, sharpness, accuracy,” Bishop says. “All the things that go into making a great photograph.”
She also recommends taking a writing or journalism class. “Learning to write for the general public is really rewarding. We don’t all have to be Carl Sagan or E.O. Wilson, but both of them were scientists in their own right. Both could captivate the general public, and I think that’s something that more scientists should aspire to.”
Whatever your aspirations, if you are curious about the world around you and you want to capture it accurately with your camera, you’re already on your way to becoming a scientific photographer.