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

Coreopsis in bloom (Illinois, USA)

[Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3; $180]

The secret to taking beautiful photographs with inexpensive digicams is to exploit what the little cameras do well (an impressive depth of field) and avoid situations that bring out their weak points. Digicams don’t perform well for action, and their on-camera flash is ugly and nearly unusable for most artistic purposes. Still-life photographs in natural light- especially diffuse, shaded light- are one application where these little cameras shine.

 

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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