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Science and engineering research must be communicated within the research community and to the general public, and a crucial element of that communication is visual. In Envisioning Science, science photographer Felice Frankel provides a guide to creating dynamic and compelling photographs for journal submissions and scientific presentations to funding agencies, investors, and the general public. The book is organized from the large to small -- from photographing laboratory equipment to capturing new material and biological structures at the microscopic level.
Full-color illustrations including many side-by-side comparisons provide an extensive gallery of fine science photography.The book begins with a brief historical overview in a foreword by science educator Phylis Morrison. Frankel discusses technical issues and, just as important, her personal approach to creating images that are both scientifically informational and accessible. This is a handbook that should become a standard tool in all research laboratories.

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"This is as good a workbook as any you will find." J. Turney The Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262562058
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,092,566
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Science photographer Felice Frankel is a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard, as part of the Initiative in Innovative Computing (IIC). She was a 2005 Honorary Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, and has won the Lennart Nilsson Award for Medical, Technical and Scientific Photography given by the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Table of Contents

1 Envisioning Science 1
2 How to Use This Book 6
From the Designer's Perspective 9
3 Images in Science: A Gallery of the Past 12
4 Basics of Picture Making 24
Introduction 26
Understanding the Flatland 27
Preparing Your Sample 28
Point of View 30
Organizing the Image: Composition and Framing 38
Lighting 56
Exposure 58
Depth of Field 66
Equipment 72
Digital and Film 77
5 Photographing Small Things 78
Introduction 80
Equipment 81
Sample Preparation 82
Background; Making a Selection 87
Camera/Sample Angles 94
Lighting 100
Composition and Framing 126
Depth of Field 128
Scale 130
Special Cases 134
6 Photographing through a Stereomicroscope 144
Introduction 146
Equipment 147
Captured Image/Observed Image 148
Losing Control 150
Sample Preparation 151
Background 157
Camera/Sample Angle 158
Lighting 159
Composition, Framing, and Magnification 180
Special Cases 189
7 Photographing through a Compound Microscope 192
Introduction 194
Equipment 196
Captured Image/Observed Image 197
Losing More Control 199
Background 202
Sample Preparation 204
Lighting 207
Composition, Framing, and Magnification 220
Special Cases 230
Special Section: Biological Fluorescence Photography 232
8 Presenting Your Pictures 246
Introduction 248
Archiving 250
Scanning 252
Communicating with the Public 254
Speaking to Your Colleagues 258
Digitally Altering Images 268
Exercises 288
Visual Index 292
Suggested Readings 322
Index 324
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