An open laboratory forum for digital photography with microscopes will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3.

The lab forum is free and open to all: those with prior experience with photography or with microscopes; and those who may come with the wish to take a glimpse of a flower petal through the microscope for the first time — all are welcome.

The forum will be co-facilitated by photography and optics consultant Bob Costello, microscopic imaging professional, from MVI, Inc. in Boston; and Hutchinson Center Science faculty. The hands-on forum is for artists, naturalists, scientists, teachers, students or photographers who would like to try out capturing exquisite images through dissecting and compound microscopes.

Participants will have opportunity to capture digital images of specimens they bring for art, teaching, scientific reference or consultation. Participants are encouraged to bring specimens (insects, plant parts, prepared microscope slides) and previously taken images. They will share experiences with digital photography through the microscope — successes and failures — and share strategies for making exquisite images of the world of the tiny, from the size of a thumbnail to a few red blood cells.

Note this is not a workshop to discuss cameras or software. For more information or to sign up for the forum, call the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or