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Stories by Alex Wild

On Assignment: Bees in the Wall

Among the perks of being an extremely specialized photographer are the unusual, and unusually interesting, assignments. I recently had an opportunity to photograph a commercial bee removal company in action...

October 2, 2012 — Alex Wild
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

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):The Smithsonian ran the photo captioned as follows: Photinus pyralis, a species of firefly found in the eastern United States (via wikimedia commons) No mention of the photographer...

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:Wait, that's NOT Ten Forward?

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
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