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Thrifty Thursday: Catching a Sunbeam

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Nikon Coolpix 995 - 3 megapixel classic digicam from 2001]One frustrating aspect of point-and-shoot cameras is the sheer ugliness of the on-camera flash...

September 15, 2011 — Alex Wild

Why are media insects misidentified?

Here's a book cover that reliably sends entomologists into hysterics:What's so funny?Well, that's not a bee. In fact, this insect last shared an ancestor with a bee over 350 million years ago...

September 12, 2011 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: lighting is more important than camera

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [ Canon Powershot SX10 IS - $210; off-camera Canon 430EX II flash- $200; Raynox DCR 250 macro converter - $60; Cowboy Studio NPT-04 wireless remote strobe trigger - $22; DIY white box - free]If you're wondering why Compound Eye has been quiet this week, the hiatus is because I've been off instructing the BugShot insect photography workshop...

September 8, 2011 — Alex Wild

Creative Commons Is Not Public Domain

I do not Creative Commons license my images.The reason is simple : I am evil consumers of Creative Commons licenses do not understand them. In particular, they seem to miss one key bit of information: Creative Commons licences are contracts...

August 28, 2011 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: Insect Wings on a Cheap Scanner

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [HP deskjet F4280 printer/scanner - $150]A few weeks ago I took wings off a dead periodical cicada and stuck them in my basic desktop scanner/printer/copier just to see what the machine could do...

August 25, 2011 — Alex Wild

Reader Photo: The Python's Shape

I love this simple shot, submitted by herpetological photographer Stephen Zozaya.In fact, I like the photo so much I'll use it to illustrate a general point about photographic composition...

August 22, 2011 — Alex Wild

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