Close-Up and Macro Photography
In this exhaustive guide to macro photography, respected author and photographer Adrian Davies takes a comprehensive approach to the subject, covering every aspect of the multi-faceted and often complicated world of close-up photography.
Everything about Adrian's approach is both practical and diverse, with optimal output always in mind. His coverage of equipment, for example, goes beyond cameras to cover the application of flatbed and film scanners for close-up shots (2D, 3D, reflective and translucent subjects).
Seperate sections cover cameras and equipment, lenses, lighting, workflow and image processing. Additionally, a seperate section on 'special subjects' covers techniques for shooting both common macro subjects (including insects, fossils and coins), as well as a range of technical elements such as shiny surfaces, texture, and polarised light. The appendix includes a technical discussion on depth of field, including detailed tables, and a range of optical formulae.
Clear, concise and comprehensive, and packed with stunning images, this is a must-have purchase for all photographers looking for professional quality macro results.
"In Close-up and Macro Photography the author has written and produced the most up-to-date and comprehensive book currently available on the subject. The book is very well written, easy to read and understand and well illustrated with graphs, charts and beautifully reproduced photographs.
This book is designed for the 'serious amateur' or the seasoned professional photographer who is interested in the exciting and fascinating world of macro and close-up imaging. It includes chapters on cameras, lenses, studio set-ups and an in-depth explanation of the latest digital technologies and an ordered, sensible approach to digital workflow.
I found the book to be complete, very informative and concise and I appreciated the fact that the author looked at close-up and macro photography as both an art and a science. Highly recommended." - Harold Naideau, professional photographer, educator and president of the Long Island chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers
"Close-up and Macro Photography is one of the most comprehensible books on macro photography I have ever read. An un-missable resource for the experienced or amateur macro photographer." - Hugh Leslie, Macrophotography.org
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Image Capture
Cameras Features and Settings
Scanners as Close-Up and Macro Cameras
Chapter 3: Lenses
Focal length and sensor size
Close-up supplementary lenses
Magnification through extension
Exposure compensation with tubes and bellows
The Canon MP - E65 Macro Lens
Other lens types
Perspective control lenses
Depth of field
Chapter 4: Camera supports
Chapter 5: Lighting
Continuous light sources
Subject Brightness Range
Fibre-Optic Light Source
Chapter 6: The Macro Studio
Health and Safety
Chapter 7: Workflow and Image Processing
Raw or JPEG?
Storage and Keywording
Chapter 8: Subject Gallery
Time Based Events and Sequences