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BIOCOMM 2019 Program

Below is the BIOCOMM 2019 program. Be sure to look at the Schedule page for a quick "Meeting at a Glance" view of BIOCOMM 2019.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Executive Board Meeting
9 am

Using your DSLR or Mirrorless Camera for Video
2:15 – 4 pm

Ken MeatsKen Meats, RBP

Toronto, Canada

Photographers, videographers and film-makers are using "still" cameras for high quality video. This workshop will focus on setting up the camera for better video and a look at some accessories that will make life easier for recording simple procedures. Participants will be using their own cameras and we will configure them to make the best video we can.

Photomacrography – Theory and Practice
4:15 – 6 pm

Danielle Edwards, FBCA

Biomedical & Scientific Photography
Melbourne, Australia

Gale Spring, FBPA

Adjunct Professor
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

Gabriel Unda, FBPA

Woodland, CA

Jim Wetzel, PhD

Pulaski L. Bealy Smith Biology Professor
Presbyterian College
Clinton, SC

Gale SpringDanielle Edwards

Jim WetzelGabriel Unda

Photomacrography is defined as magnifications between 1x and 40x at the image plane. These magnifications are easily obtained with traditional cameras, lenses and accessories. This workshop will begin with an introductory lecture, followed by a demonstration of various pieces of equipment and techniques. The workshop will progress into a hands-on experience and conclude with a field excursion around the Asilomar State Park. Participants are highly encouraged to bring any equipment they wish to use or learn how to use with the help of the presenters. Observers are also encouraged to participate by seeing the equipment and techniques used in the field. This will be an interactive workshop.

Opening Reception
7 pm

BioImages Awards Ceremony
8 pm

Wednesday, June 19, 2019Return to top

Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Presentation
The life of a bald eagle – just because he’s an apex predator doesn’t mean life is easy.

Scott BourneScott Bourne

Gig Harbor, WA

Scott will discuss his career traveling North America to photograph birds, and in particular bald eagles. He will also address the changes he has seen to the environment, and the changes in photography and how photography helps document the plight of animals in nature.

Visit Scott Bourne's website scottbourne.com where you can view his stunning bird photographs and read many educational articles.

© Scott Bourne
© Scott Bourne

PR Photography in the Healthcare Environment – Environmental Portraits

David BishopDavid Bishop, BSc, MIMI, RMIP

University College London
London, UK

Photographing equipment and people on location for a medical journal or a corporate brochure can be quite challenging especially if time is limited and you are trying to produce an image that stands out from the crowd! By using a mix of different photographic techniques, composition and lighting, this can be achieved in quite a short space of time. During this interactive workshop, David Bishop will discuss and demonstrate:

  • Client expectations, the brief and timing
  • The location, background and people
  • Photo techniques
  • Equipment to use
  • Subject set up
  • Camera position
  • Lighting
  • Post production

After an introduction with various sample images, David will illustrate the diversity of subject and photo techniques that can be used. This will be followed by a brief overview of the equipment / accessories used and why they are selected. The workshop will continue with a practical session where the audience will be asked to participate with the photographs being displayed on screen and conclude with a short Q&A session.

Can Scientific Photographs Exist as Art?

Norm BarkerNorm Barker, FBPA

Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

What makes a scientific image created with the intent to illustrate science also be considered as a work of fine art? An almost impossible question to answer, but certainly worthy of consideration. Photography and science have had a very close symbiotic relationship since the invention was announced in 1839. In many ways the sciences and arts share a common creative aesthetic. Leading scientists are active in the creative process, whether it is an elegant solution to a scientific problem or writing, painting, sculpture, the so-called creative arts. The artist and scientist both study the natural world, although for different aims and means. In many ways scientists and artists created the discipline of photography and were the first to realize the tremendous potential of the new medium. Photography is not only a system for illustrating science, in many ways it's also a method for doing science. This short talk will examine how the context in which a photograph is viewed can have an effect on how the image is interpreted.

6&6: an Art/Science Collaboration

Charles HedgcockCharles Hedgcock, RBP, FBCA

Tucson, AZ

Forged by the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers Network (N-Gen), the 6&6 project is a collaboration between 6 artists and 6 scientists to explore the patterns and processes of the Sonoran Desert and Gulf of California. The 6&6 members create an environment where science and art have an opportunity to cross-pollinate and create new ways to see and better understand the Sonoran Desert. This talk will discuss the evolution of the 6&6 project and showcase the 6 pairs and their parts of the final exhibition.

Infrared beyond the science: Creative visualisation in the invisible spectrum

Danielle EdwardsDanielle Edwards, FBCA

Biomedical & Scientific Photography
Melbourne, Australia

Utilising an infrared digital camera has allowed me to express a creative vision that is not available with visible light. This presentation is a personal take on how infrared can be used creatively, primarily for a final monochrome print. The methodology used to pre-visualise the images will be discussed, along with some trouble shooting tips to look out for.

Processing The Digital Image

Bob DiNataleBob DiNatale

Medford, MA

Digital processing software has advanced to be incredibly powerful, and often, training is focused on how to use a specific program. In this workshop, Bob, author of “The Optimum Digital Exposure,” will discuss how to optimize processing the digital image—regardless of which software you use. He will walk through a step-by-step PhotoCycle™ of four phases for processing your digital images – from capturing the image to expressing your intended photographic vision. By sequencing the processing steps in a logical order, this system can help photographers master processing their digital images and keep focused on the ultimate goal of effective visual communication. Although Bob will be using Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop, this workshop is not software specific. Bring your laptop and follow along.

Infoshare / Show Your Stuff

Bob Turner, RBP, FBPA


Infoshare is designed to have speakers come up and demonstrate a gadget or a quick new way of doing something, presented in a quick 5 minute or less time frame.

Show Your Stuff is designed for 10-15 minute presentations to show an image or a project, explain how the image was created and what the purpose was.


  • TBA

Thursday, June 20, 2019Return to top

Photographing Asilomar Birds and Wildlife Photo Walk

Bob TurnerJames HaydenJames Hayden, RBP, FBCA

Managing Director / Imaging
The Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, PA

Bob Turner, RBP, FBPA

Encinitas, CA

Join Jamie Hayden and Bob Turner for a guided photo walk around the Asilomar grounds and coastal areas. The early morning hours typically provide one of the best times to observe bird and animal activity. Our guides will endeavor to help us spot wildlife and share how to photograph in the most non-obtrusive manner. Both conventional digital photography and digiscoping techniques will be demonstrated. Capturing good nature images requires time and patience. Jamie and Bob will provide practical tips on how best to approach this goal, and be successful!

The Optimum Digital Exposure

Bob DiNataleBob DiNatale

Medford, MA

In this talk, Bob, will discuss the importance of the optimum digital exposure. He will explain what is the “optimum exposure”, its benefits and how to obtain it. Since the inception of digital photography, there have been many theories on how to properly expose for the digital image: “Expose to the Right”, use the camera’s blinkies, adjust +/- EV, etc. Bob will discuss all of these and explain the difference between the camera, the proper, and the optimum exposures. For too long we have been accepting the "digital look" of our images when, in reality, this “look” is the result of a less-than-optimum exposure during image capture. Obtaining the optimum digital exposure will produce less noise, increased sharpness and less processing artifacts.

Ethical Practices in Scientific Imaging

James HaydenJames Hayden, RBP, FBCA

Managing Director / Imaging
The Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, PA

Ethical practices in scientific research have made a few headlines this year, from gene-edited human babies to clinical trials based on made-up results. As technologies have evolved over the last 20 years, imaging has taken on a more dominant role in the scientific process and brought the use of this type of data even closer to the center of some of these experimental designs, and thereby even closer to potential ethical conflicts if not handled properly. This talk will explore some of the issues involved with ethical imaging practices and examine some real-life conflicts with real-life consequences that highlight the importance of using all of our imaging devices and software manipulations in ways that are both scientifically accurate, as well as socially appropriate.

Clinical Photography – More than just a photograph

Marie JonesMarie Jones

Medical Photography Manager
Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
Basingstoke, UK

In today’s pressurised healthcare environment, time, finances and resources are valuable commodities. With the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) launch in 1948, all healthcare services could be provided ‘free at the point of delivery’; however, this is no longer the case and the patient must apply for funding. Clinical photographs demonstrate the clinical condition where the patient’s application may automatically be rejected without this essential evidence. In this presentation, we will look at images of some clinical conditions that are no longer provided free, and in particular at a case study where the skill and techniques used in good quality, accurate, un-biased clinical imaging actually made a difference to the patient to support their case in an under-funded NHS in the U.K.

Business Lunch / Town Hall
12 – 2 pm

Digital Asset Management Methods: Single Image Library and Backup Approaches

Scott MilesScott Miles

The Scientific Photographer
Ventura, CA

We have all worked (struggled?) to develop effective Digital Asset Management (DAM) systems. The approach developed by the Brooks Institute Faculty places all image files on one external hard drive which is then cloned to provide appropriate backups. We’ll look at how this method can work in your workflow environment and review professional standards that have been adopted with success. We’ll look at using Adobe Lightroom or other approaches and discuss how a staff photographer may best work within the infrastructure of a large institution through collaboration with IT staff and end users of the images from your image library.

A tongue-in-cheek intra-oral practical workshop

Marie JonesMarie Jones

Medical Photography Manager
Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
Basingstoke, UK

Have you ever wondered how to get clinically valuable images of teeth, palate and other tricky intra-oral views for the patient’s clinical record? “Easy, no problem!” or “complete dread” at the thought of trying to get correct lighting in the oral cavity and knowing which area to focus on? This practical workshop will give everyone the opportunity to practise old techniques, learn new techniques, and share 'tips and tricks' with others in a non-stop fun workshop. Full audience participation is encouraged to effectively photograph the seemingly impossible black hole and make intra-oral photography “Easy, no problem.” Suitable for medical photographers old and new, regardless of previous knowledge and experience. All welcome.

Group photo and dinner around the campfire with Asilomar Park Ranger
6 – 8 pm

Friday, June 21, 2019Return to top

Pattern recognition of wear, class and identifying characteristics in footwear impression evidence

Hoosain EbrahimHoosain Ebrahim, FBCA, FIMI(Hon), ASIS FRPS

Cape Town, South Africa

This presentation will demonstrate how footwear impressions can be used to positively identify an individual. In the scientific examination of footwear impression evidence, identifying characteristics result when something is randomly added to or taken away from a shoe outsole that either causes or contributes to making that shoe outsole unique. Identifying characteristics occur on the shoe outsole with some degree of randomness. The methods used and examples of their value in criminal cases are given. A standardised photographic technique was used for this study to demonstrate a technique of matching plantar pressure points to the indentations found on the insole of a pair of worn shoes. Such identifications are accomplished by comparing the questioned pattern with a known one, thus pattern recognition plays a vital role.

Non-Accidental Injuries in Infants – Mechanisms of Injury

Nazeema EbrahimNazeema Ebrahim

Cape Town, South Africa

The communication among health-care workers about the possibility of child abuse is of utmost importance in the suspicion/recognition of abuse. The role of the radiographer has been extended to pattern recognition of skeletal images and selected ultrasound examinations. Non-accidental injury in children may or may not be accompanied by sexual abuse, but in any situation where tell-tale signs of abuse are recognised, further investigation is necessary. The aim of this presentation is to assist the healthcare worker in recognising some of the unusual radiographic patterns seen in paediatric radiography together with the mechanisms of what may have contributed to the debilitating injuries sustained by survivors of abuse.

Ultraviolet Photography: A look at practice and curiosities

Gale SpringGale Spring, FBPA

Adjunct Professor
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

This presentation looks at the theory, applications and curiosities of ultraviolet photography. It describes details of digital camera conversions, appropriate equipment for UV imaging and various lighting equipment and techniques for fluorescence, reflected and transmitted ultraviolet imaging. It will also reveal some misconceptions of UV imaging that are unique to digital imaging.

Photographing images for the book Cannabis: Marijuana Under the Microscope

Ted KinsmanTed Kinsman, BS, MS

Assistant Professor of Photographic Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

In his latest book, Cannabis: Marijuana Under the Microscope (Schiffer Publishing 2018) Ted's fresh and visually stunning survey celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of the world's most controversial plant: Cannabis salvia. Cutting-edge scanning electron microscope images, combined with light micrographs and X-rays, bring this captivating plant to life.

The Anne Shiras Pioneer Member Lecture
Sharing Discovery – Photographers and the Passion for Visual Communications

Scott MilesScott Miles

The Scientific Photographer
Ventura, CA

At the heart of it, we are visual storytellers who use photography to create compelling images that communicate about the natural world around us. We are often among a privileged few who witness rare wildlife, see remote environments, explore diverse ecosystems, and interpret scientific phenomena. I look forward to presenting some of the explorers and communicators of the natural world, from the nineteenth-century photographers of the American West to contemporary photographer-explorers. Additionally, I’ll touch on that thread of passion for visual communication of science and exploration that has carried me through the commercial photography phase of my career, the educator phase, and on to the continuing passion that drove me to my current entrepreneurial endeavor as The Scientific Photographer.

Honors Reception
6 pm

Honors Banquet
7 pm

Saturday, June 22, 2019Return to top


Breakfast and lunch included with room. Check out at 11 am.

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