Those of us who marvel over conservation photographer Piotr Naskrecki's luscious tropical frogs, spiders and katydids received an early Christmas this morning.
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.
Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. Two adjoining pavement ant colonies (Tetramorium sp.) battle for supremacy along a sidewalk in Urbana, Illinois.
I'm kind of at a loss here, guys. How many megapixels do I need to shoot this thing?
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.
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.
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.
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.
I recently got my hands on one of Canon's finest lenses, the EF 70-200mm 2.8L IS II. The lens is one of those white bazooka-like tubes sometimes spotted along the sidelines at sporting events.
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.
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