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Close-ups in Nature (Practical Photography Books) [Paperback]

John Shaw
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1 Sep 1987 Practical Photography Books
An illustrated book discussing the basic technical considerations as they apply to outdoor close-up nature photography. Information covers exposure, equipment, composition and necessary equipment applications which include: extension with tubes and bellows, macro lenses, tele-converters, flash and lighting. The reasons are given for the impracticability of the studio situation for close-up nature photography. John Shaw is author of "The Nature Photographer's Complete Guide to Professional Field Techniques".

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (1 Sep 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817440526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817440527
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 20.6 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Shaw is one of the world's leading nature photographers and the author of many enduring bestselling books. His photographs are frequently featured in "National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, Natural History, Sierra, " and "Audubon" magazines, as well as in calendars, books, and advertisements. He lives in Colorado Springs.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best macro photography book available!! 26 Aug 1999
By A Customer
John Shaw shines in this book. The information is not only helpful, but to the point and direct. Shaw explains everything in detail, but only enough as needed. Truly exceptional book!! It is a must have guide to anyone who wants to delve into the macro photography field. I have been focusing on macro for the last year now. I just recently read the book and it helped me unbelievably. From what tripod to use to what filters (if any), to how to compose that great shot. It is a wonderful book!!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What are you waiting for? Buy this book! 24 Aug 2000
By A Customer
I have several of John Shaw's books. They are all great, and this is one of the best. He explains the variety of ways you can take macro and close-up photographs and the advantages and disadvantages of each one. The only (minor) criticism is that he doesn't really discuss multiple-flash techniques for close-up work (EOS users can refer to the Canon Macro book for advice on that). But the rest of the book is so good that I would still award it five stars. If you are interested in taking close-up/macro photographs of nature subjects then you CANNOT afford not to read it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on Natural history photography 19 Aug 1999
By A Customer
This is one of the finest books on natural history photography available and it deserves to be on everyone's bookshelf. It does tend to fall apart after a few years (I'm on my third copy!), due to the absolutely atrocious binding (I think it's held together with toothpaste and bogies). I think it is my annoyance with the binding that has stopped me giving it 5 crowns. But if you want to learn how to take excellent natural history photographs without using a megaton of flash guns then this is the book you need to get started
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I have attended workshops taught by John Shaw, sitting on the
side of a flower covered mountain, listening to John discuss
macro technique. This book caries all of the character and
clarity of being there listening to him in person. John Shaw's
work is undoubtedly some of the best nature closeup work
around and this book gives you all his tricks. The photographs
in the book are excellent technically and provide wonderfull
examples for the techniques explained in the book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a complete
overview of different macro techniques and/or detailed
instruction on any of these techniques. He gives you all the
options for macro technique without spending major dollars on
unneeded equipment.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 26 Feb 2004
By A Customer
All I can do is agree with all the other reviews. The book is well written, easy to read and informative. The thing that I really like is that it actually talks about the technical side of photography: the science behind exposure. Yes, it does talk about the equipment (some of which is a little out dated), but this is not a bad thing. A lot of the time Shaw talks about using the manual settings on your camera and this is the best thing about the book! With everything being automatic on modern cameras it can be quite hard to get the basic knowledge you need about photography, and this is why I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in photography. Oh yes, and it is a great macro photography book too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful 7 Jun 1999
By A Customer
John Shaw's books are wonderful! Our local library has a wonderful collection of them. After a hiatus in photography of many years, I have jumped back in with both feet. I have found John Shaw's books amazingly helpful! We don't have many scenic landscapes, in this part of the nation :( so I have been focusing on closeup photography. I must say, that John's writing in "Closeups in Nature" has enabled me to produce some great images. I keep rereading the text and captions and continue to learn from them. I really appreciate this book, as well as his newer ones. Thanks, John!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Content -Poor Binding 20 Feb 1997
By A Customer
John Shaw does an excellent job of taking the mystery out of the macro process. His photos are an inspiration and I have already had success with some of his suggestions. The book is worth the price just for his tips on how to calibrate your camera meter.

The binding on the book is very poor and has started to fall apart with limited use. The book will be used as a reference and I'm afraid that I will have to put it in a three ring binder. Mr Shaw should find a publisher that produce a product that will match his excellent content.
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By A Customer
I picked this book up by chance just two weeks after buying a 35mm camera. All of the explanations are execellent and do a good job of bridging the gap between a beginner and a more advanced user. He does a good job of describing some of the specialized techniques; including camera tubes, extensions, and bellows. Definetely recommended. I also learned alot about non-macro photography. As a bonus the pictures are outstanding.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Plenty of ideas to think about and try with more modern equipment. Persuaded me to get a close-up lens for use with a telephoto lens.
Published 1 month ago by R A Stuttard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
The book arrived quickly and in good condition. It is a very good and informative book and although it is all based on Nikon film cameras and technique, much of the information... Read more
Published 12 months ago by W E Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars A helpful book
This is a book written some time ago, when digital photography was not born yet. Nevertheles, the technical and artistic information you get in its pages is perennial.
Published on 9 Jun 2010 by M. Angel Garcia Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Too out of date to be useful
This book was produced in 1987 and is consequently like buying a hand book for a Austin Allegro and hoping it will tell you something about a Vauxhall Synergy! Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2009 by Damian Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is - bar none!
As a writer and former professional photographer, I have found all of John Shaw's books to be among the best available and unfailingly helpful to beginner and expert alike. Read more
Published on 21 April 2009 by Dr. H. Bernard-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Can't really add a lot to what everyone else has written. If you are serious about learning macro techniques, buy it.
Published on 26 May 2008 by D. Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Full of useful information - VERY poor binding.
An excellent book , full of useful information on all aspects of close-up photography, let down by the VERY poor binding that comes apart after very limited use. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 1999
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