I just recently joined iNat and have zero background in the sciences/wildlife research/photographing things. I am trying to take photos that are useful, but have no idea what features are needed when ID-ing different types of organisms. I would love it if people could reply with their preferred taxon and what features/angles are most important for that taxon.
Examples- I know eye arrangement is important for spider IDs, so I try get a good front view with eyes visible. Then I take a side view, top view, and if they are in a web, bottom view.
Trees I have been getting a full shot, a cose-up of the bark texture, a front and back view of a leaf (though I usually end up uploading only one), and any fruit or flowers. Should I be taking photos of the roots, too? Anything I am missing?
Any non-photo notes that I should be making?
Maybe if we could gather information on enough major taxa, this could be turned into a guide. I am sure this would be hepful for other newbs from non-science backgrounds.