Photographing for optimum ID

Many people photograph what catches their eye. This has produced some exceptional photographs here on iNaturalist. However, to help the computer and those of us who kill time by adding or correcting IDs, just shooting the pretty parts can make an ID harder than it needs to be.
I want to help.
I happened to be fortunate to learn from some excellent professional photographers and want to share tips for creating better photographs.
Here are some suggestions, take what you can use.

*Slow down. Too many of us are time constrained and we want to get that SD Card filled up. But the slower you go, the more you will see. Like pollinators to a particular flower.

*Start taking photos when you first see the plant. Adding a photo of the organism immediate ecosystem can be very beneficial. Such as photographs of a plant, not just the flower.

*Some plant families produce look alike flowers but have different leaf shapes or the underside of the flower at the base will be different. Like with the Aster family plants. So try to get more than a glamour shot.

*Try to shoot a cooperative subject from different angles. Light falls on things differently and moving around a subject getting different view points can be beneficial.


You could add your tips here


For plants: If possible, photograph the flowers, leaves, seeds, stems and the entire plant.

For insects: As many angles as possible. Sometimes a poor picture of 3 or four angles, plus a good picture from one angle, is better than 10 good photos all from the same angle.

For birds: Don’t overly crop the photo. Head shots are pretty, but harder to ID. Other than that, again more angles is better.