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Thrifty Thursday: an iPhone looks at the fall foliage

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Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500.

[Apple iPhone 4s - $300; autumn colors - priceless]

The easiest cheat in photography is to photograph only subjects that are naturally stunning. On Monday I walked about a New York woodlot with the red maples at peak color, shooting with my trusty little cell phone. The top photo is helped along by blue sky that perfectly complements the orange leaves; the bottom one by sunlight.

I’m not going to make posters with photos from an iPhone. But these shots are fine for social media.

Alex Wild About the Author: Alex Wild is an Illinois-based entomologist who studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books, and media outlets. Follow on Twitter @myrmecos.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. TheHymenopteran 7:47 pm 10/19/2012

    Hey Alex,

    Quick question on an optics-related issue: What should I look for when trying to buy a dissecting microscope to look at arthropods under? What sort of specs and price range would be appropriate for a student?

    Link to this

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