Up Close: A Guide to Macro & Close Up Photography by Andrew Gibson aims to help readers master the often complicated techniques of Macro Photography. Great subject matter is all around, and these methods can help you reveal objects in entirely new ways.
Getting up close is not quite as simple as it first appears. Most lenses won’t get you very close to your subject without the addition of extra equipment. Macro lenses will do it but good ones can be expensive, and you may not want to buy one if you just want to dabble in or try out close-up and macro photography.
But the good news is that there are inexpensive accessories you can buy that will help you get close to your subject without sacrificing image quality. This book does a good job of guiding you through the options available, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each. And of course also covers the techniques needed to capture micro scenes and some case studies with successful macro photographers.
Topics Covered (90 Pages):
- Part 1: Equipment
- Crop factor & magnification
- Testing your lenses
- Understanding macro lenses
- Close-up lenses
- Reverse lens macro
- Extension Tubes
- How close can you get?
- Part 2: Technique
- Creating sharp images
- Part 3: Lighting
- Natural and artificial for macro
- Case Study – photographing insects with Mandy Disher
- Case Study – photographing food with Celine Steen
Close-up and macro photography are very enjoyable means of creative self-expression. But they can also be a little intimidating if you’ve never tried either one. All you need is the technical know how plus some inspiration to get you started.
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