Fish Scale Photography



”The inexpensive, conservation-minded trophy for your wall.”

Chrome Fingerprints – Just send us your scale sample! Using a specialist microscope with an adapted lens which has been uniquely customised to fit a macro lens camera, we have been able to successfully take hi-res images at up to x200 magnification of scale samples. We discovered absolutely beautiful patterns unique to every fish on the planet, like chrome fingerprints.

We can send the images ‘as they are’ to you, or we can offer beautifull rolled print options. Contact us and send your scale sample* for hi-resolution images of that ‘first fish’ or ‘catch of a lifetime’.


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A unique image of a scale from the very first silvery Grilse caught by the photographer’s daughter.


How to take a scale sample – Catch and release is expected in this day and age. A good “grip and grin” photograph usually suffices as a memory, but if you are on your own OR to really appreciate the special moment, take a scale sample or two, and send them to us for imaging and analysis. Here’s a short video of how to take a sample and importantly where on the fish to take the scale from. We recommend a maximum of 3 scales from any one fish. On fresh salmon, scales will fall off onto your hand, but more coloured fish need a little more attention and care to not wound the fish and introduce bacteria. N.B. Scale samples are not limited to salmon:

Preserve the scale – The best way to preserve a scale sample is in a small vile of ethanol, however a scale that has dried slowly and kept flat will still provide excellent photographic opportunities. Place the scale sample (not wet) in an envelope between greaseproof paper. Simple.

We can provide:

  • £60 – x6 hand picked digital images sent online;
  • £110 – x1 image printed and delivered (rolled in tube) A2 size paper, your specified details of the fish can be added to the print i.e. size, length, date caught, angler etc;
  • Scale samples can be analysed by a leading biologist at your request for a life history of your fish. Price upon application.

Prices are exclusive of VAT.

”Every scale tells a story…”

See the absolute beauty of catch and release scale photography. These images below are (unedited).

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Example scale photography.

*Please consider biosecurity law before sending from abroad to the United Kingdom.