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Compound Eye

The many facets of science photography

The digital workflow

What happens to my photographs in the time between the click of the shutter and their arrival here on the internet? I've made a diagram: Notice how important Adobe Lightroom is to the process, handling most of the metadata and levels edits.

July 11, 2012 — Alex Wild

An Example of Why I Don't Use Creative Commons Licenses

Too many people do not understand how the licenses work.The Smithsonian ran a blog entry today illustrated with a charming firefly photographed by Terry Priest ("art farmer" on Flickr): "Firefly 0877" by Terry Priest, distributed under a Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

June 27, 2012 — Alex Wild

Wikimedia Commons "Images of the Year"

Wikimedia Commons receives millions of new images every year, and they've just announced their three best from 2011. My favorite is this runner-up: Self portrait of Tracy Caldwell Dyson in the Cupola module of the International Space Station observing the Earth below during Expedition 24.

June 26, 2012 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: Under The Scope

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Apple iPhone 4s - $300]Little cellphone cameras can fit in places inaccessible to larger, professional-grade SLR gear.

June 21, 2012 — Alex Wild

The Gigapixel Race Begins?

So your showoff neighbor brings home a new 36 megapixel Nikon SLR, and your previously top-of-the-line 18 megapixel gadget starts to seem... inadequate.

June 20, 2012 — Alex Wild

Critical Use Is Fair Use

Over at the Carbon Brief climate blog, Christian Hunt shares a series of climate reporting images so overused he never wants to see them again. For example: This image illustrates over 7,000 articles on climate change, according to Google's image database.

June 15, 2012 — Alex Wild

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