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The many facets of science photography

To make money from science photographs, specialize

To make money from science photographs, specialize

A reader emails: I have been doing nature and wildlife photography for some years now, mostly as an advanced hobby, and have been expanding my efforts in arthropoda and macro work.

September 28, 2012 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: Memories of Digital Memory

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [HP deskjet F4280 printer/scanner - $99]This scan tracks the progression of my digital photography career from my hobby days with a 3 megapixel point-and-shoot camera through a series of higher resolution cameras requiring ever more space and write speed...

September 27, 2012 — Alex Wild

International Rock-Flipping Day

As I am sure you are aware, September 9th is International Rock-Flipping Day.What's that? You don't know about Rock Flipping Day?Well, no matter. It's the day when we find a rock, carefully turn it over, and photograph the organisms we find living underneath it...

September 9, 2012 — Alex Wild

Primates of Kibale Forest

Uganda's Kibale forest is such a hotspot for primate research that when our group of 40 biologists arrived this August to study ants (=definitely not primates!) we received some strange looks...

September 8, 2012 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: Cat Scans on a Budget

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [HP deskjet F4280 printer/scanner - $99]Looking for inspiration?

September 6, 2012 — Alex Wild

The Art of the Science Caption

I am not going to tell you what this animal is.At least, not yet.Instead, I'd like to use the absence of a caption to mention the importance of accompanying science images with the right text...

August 31, 2012 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: a simple backdrop

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Apple iPhone 4s - $300; collapsible light reflector - $12]While I like the convenience of my little iPhone, coaxing solid natural history images from it is challenging...

August 9, 2012 — Alex Wild

Mailbag: How to light a photo backdrop with the MP-E lens

[the following is a modified repost from Myrmecos] A reader asks: I also have a MP-E lens with the MT-24EX flash unit. I was curious to know something I didn’t see you mention in your recent blog post about this setup.Could you share any technical points regarding how you achieve the visible backgrounds with that lens?...

August 6, 2012 — Alex Wild

Creative Commons Gets Better

Readers of this blog know how critical I can be of Creative Commons, the non-profit organization that crafts pre-made, standardized license agreements for creative works.Or rather, how critical I can be of Creative Commons users...

July 23, 2012 — Alex Wild

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