OHP: One Health Photography


Today’s cameras are easier to use and more advanced than ever before. Not only can they produce photographs of an astonishing quality, but many are also weather resistant and even include a GPS feature. However, countries wealthy enough to afford this cutting-edge technology have already eradicated many of the illnesses.

Meanwhile, many poorer countries continue to struggle with serious diseases plaguing their crops, livestock and citizens. These poorer countries are severely lacking in the area of visual support, such as high-definition photographs, which could help them learn how to recognize some of their most dangerous biological threats.

One Health Photography is a scientific photography training program designed for scientists, PhD students, professors and other life science specialists.
This includes the fields of animal health, plant pathology, entomology, parasitology, environmental studies, water treatment, livestock systems, and all areas of research involving molecular biology (proteomics, transcriptomics, etc.). The general training program is particularly useful for projects that fall within these fields of research.

Six years ago I developed the One Health Scientific Photography training program, with the support of the ULiege in Belgium, with the goal of helping scientists create professional-grade images from and for their experiments. To date, successful training has been completed for scientists from various fields of research such as animal, human, plant, insect and landscape sciences.

The training of a team of scientific photographers is my first priority.
This training can be done in English or in French.
Feel free to contact me for more informations.

Material and Methods

Any brand of camera can be used for training as long as the camera is functional in manual mode. Contact me for more information.
Ricoh imaging (Pentax) can provide you with a wide variety of options for your camera gear, ranging from $600 to $10,000 each and specially designed to fit both your budget and your needs.
The majority of Pentax cameras are user-friendly as well as resistant to weather conditions.
By ordering a camera for the training you will qualify for a discounted price on Pentax products as compared to the market price.

Methods :

Pre-training :

  • Trainee selection (Five trainees simultaneously, maximum)

  • Duration expectation

  • Hardware discussion

Theoretical training :
This portion of the training may be completed over the course of three weeks all the way up to three months, depending on the pacing of the trainee group.
Many academic concepts and tools are used to facilitate learning, such as AnswerGarden and Socrative. This part of the training is given through the internet only.

Practical training :
This portion of the training will be completed at your institution and can be completed over the course of three to six days (35 hours minimum).
During this training many skills will be learned :

  • General principles of photography

  • Critical thinking in photography

  • Standardization of operations

  • Current equipment limitations

  • Scientific approach of photography

  • Importance of transversal and multidisciplinary cooperation

  • Intellectual protection of the generated images

Post-training :
Even after the training has been completed, an online folder will be created allowing the trainees to continue to upload their images.
For the duration of one year the pictures will be reviewed for free, facilitating the improvement of the trainees’ photography skills.
In addition, a printing service can be arranged if needed (see the EPPIK project).

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The first One Health Photography team completed their training in October 2017, through the EPPIK project.