Fine mineral photography can be thrilling and surprising


Fine mineral photography is an art difficult to master, it takes lots of time and effort but it is also very rewarding.


Mineral specimen photography
Fluorite on quartz from La Viesca, Asturias, Spain. Cabinet size. P.O.R


Mineral specimens might be said to be inert, but fine minerals do come alive with controlled lighting. Light, especially sunlight can help to show all the beauty inside of a fine mineral specimen. Unfortunately, it is not possible to control the availability of sunlight. One bargains with nature to have the specimen accept artificial light.



Fine mineral photography
Fluorite on quartz from La Viesca, Asturias. Price USD 750. Photo: Juan F. Buelga

One of the primary objectives of this site is to show our fine mineral specimens like they are, authentic works of art made by nature. To achieve this, they deserve the best photography techniques and great care in the attainment of this.


Jeff Scovil is in my view the unrivaled mineral specimen photographer. He has been doing mineral photography since a long time and its style and mineral photographing techniques set an standard. As far as I know he is the only one who wrote a book focused in mineral photography and this was quite a few years ago…then almost nobody was close to his profesionality and know-how. Now there are a few other who do a nice job but sure they are a level below him. He is truly the master of mineral specimen photography. Also he has spread his techniques to the public helping people like me to make our beginnings in mineral photography. Thanks Jeff!