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The Visual Elements—Photography

A Handbook for Communicating Science and Engineering

For novice or pro, primary investigator or postdoc, the essentials for photographing science and technology for journals, grant applications, and public understanding.
Award-winning photographer Felice C. Frankel, whose work has graced the covers of Science, Nature, and Scientific American, among other publications, offers a quick guide for scientists and engineers who want to communicate—and better understand—their research by creating compelling photographs. Like all the books in the Visual Elements series, this short guide uses engaging examples to train researchers to learn visual communication. Distilling her celebrated books and courses to the essentials, Frankel shows scientists and engineers the importance of thinking visually. When she creates stunning images of scientific phenomena, she is not only interested in helping researchers to convey understanding to others in their research community or to gain media attention, but also in making these experts themselves “look longer” to understand more fully. Ideal for researchers who want a foothold for presenting and preparing their work for conferences, journal publications, and funding agencies, the book explains four tools that all readers can use—a phone, a camera, a scanner, and a microscope—and then offers important advice on composition and image manipulation ethics. The Visual Elements—Photography is an essential element in any scientist’s, engineer’s, or photographer’s library.

208 pages | 283 color plates | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2023

The Visual Elements

Biological Sciences: Physiology, Biomechanics, and Morphology




Physical Sciences: Physics and Astronomy

Reference and Bibliography

Table of Contents

1 Scanner
2 Phone
3 Camera
4 Microscope
5 Putting It Together
6 Image Integrity
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