ASTM E883 - 11(2017)

    Standard Guide for Reflected–Light Photomicrography

    Active Standard ASTM E883 | Developed by Subcommittee: E04.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.01

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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide is useful for the photomicrography and photomacrography of metals and other materials.

    4.2 The subsequent processing of the photographic materials is also treated.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide outlines various methods which may be followed in the photography of metals and materials with the reflected-light microscope. Methods are included for preparation of prints and transparencies in black-and-white and in color, using both direct rapid and wet processes.

    1.2 Guidelines are suggested to yield photomicrographs of typical subjects and, to the extent possible, of atypical subjects as well. Information is included concerning techniques for the enhanced display of specific material features. Descriptive material is provided where necessary to clarify procedures. References are cited where detailed descriptions may be helpful.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory requirements prior to use. Specific precautionary statements are given in X1.7.

    1.4 The sections appear in the following order:

    Referenced documents




    Significance and use




    Reproduction of photomicrographs


    Optical systems


    Illumination sources


    Illumination of specimens




    Filters for photomicrography


    Illumination techniques


    Instant-processing films


    Photographic materials


    Photographic exposure


    Photographic processing




    Suggestions for visual use of metallographic microscopes

    Appendix X1

    Guide for metallographic photomacrography

    Appendix X2

    Electronic photography

    Appendix X3

    1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E7 Terminology Relating to Metallography

    E175 Terminology of Microscopy

    E768 Guide for Preparing and Evaluating Specimens for Automatic Inclusion Assessment of Steel

    E1951 Guide for Calibrating Reticles and Light Microscope Magnifications

    Other Standard

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 37.080 (Document imaging applications)

    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/E0883-11R17

    Citation Format

    ASTM E883-11(2017), Standard Guide for Reflected–Light Photomicrography, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017,

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