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Magic of Digital Close-up Photography (Lark Photography Book) [Paperback]

Joseph Meehan
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15 Jun 2006 Lark Photography Book
Explains every aspect of close-up digital photography, with information on cameras, accessories, lighting, tactical approaches for different subjects and ideas for computer image enhancement. This work includes explanations and a full-colour format.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books,U.S. (15 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579906524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579906528
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 26.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,216,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic of Digital Close-up Photography 27 Nov 2010
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An excellent publication. Easy to read, precise and concise. A perfect book for beginners and indeed is also suitable for the more advanced photographer. I would give it 10 out of 10.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very informative. 30 May 2006
By Mazongem - Published on Amazon.com
I love this book. It is for both digital and SLR fans and what I like about it is that it's for intermediate and professional photographers as well. The writing style of Joseph R. Meehan is great. It is so interesting and fun to read. The techniques are very easy to understand. Gives some great insights on close photography, has lots of images as examples, and an overview at the end of each chapter of the most useful facts that makes everything easy to remember. Introduces you to photographers of different styles that give advice on their picture taking that you can learn from or relate to at the same time. This book is great to have.
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid book with VERY many typos, as though I bought a proof copy 21 Sep 2006
By Stella K. Belikiewicz - Published on Amazon.com
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I would definitely recommend this book if what you're looking for is a concise and informative guide to a wide array of techniques for shooting close ups with your D-SLR, your digicam, or even your scanner (the scanner chapter was particularly inspiring). Mr. Meehan's prose is a bit labored, but he does exactly what I was hoping he would do: he gives examples of different close up photos you might want to take (flowers or insects outside, jewelry in artificial light, model cars with a dedicated macro flash system, ETC.), and then gives a concise run-down of what you need to do and possibly purchase in order to make similar shots.

My only criticism of this book is that it contains an almost unbelievable number of typos, nearly one every three pages, as well as at least one totally incorrect image (an image of what is supposed to be a camera with a bellows extender attached actually shows something completely different). Still, if you can get past all the typos, it's a good basic primer in digital close up techniques, with a few ideas you may not even have thought to try.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I expected 13 Jan 2008
By BigJ - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book along with "Closeup Shooting" expecting to learn some techniques for macro photography with digital and film SLRs. I got a lot out of "Closeup Shooting" - but this one not so much. (Sorry, it's hard for me not to compare the two.)

This one is much more shallow in the areas I'm interested in than what I expected. A key reason for this is that so many of this book's 192 pages cover topics that I didn't expect given its title. For example, over 40 pages are devoted to creating images with scanners. The entire last chapter describes how to use copy stands. And as another reviewer pointed out, there are no exposure details provided with the example photos in the book. For me looking for tips on taking my cameras out into the world to make nice images these were all disappointments.

But it's not all bad. I did learn a few things from this book. The information on lighting, in particular, I found to be pretty good.

I'll keep this book, but if I had found it in a bookstore I never would have bought it. I blame Amazon as much as the author/publisher since there is no good description provided. Chalk it up to the perils of online shopping. I am very happy with "Closeup Shooting" though.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great treatise on Close-Up Magic! 4 July 2006
By FredM - Published on Amazon.com
Digital cameras have some special advantages when it comes to taking close-up photos, as the author reveals in this excellent book. There are also some pitfalls to avoid, and the author covers them, too. While this book is aimed at intermediate to advanced photographers, even beginners can learn something from the friendly tone and thorough coverage. This book is a great tool for becoming a master of macro photography quickly.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit too basic 16 Jan 2008
By K. Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book based on the fact that it was advertising techniques for the enthusiast to advanced users. What I got was a book that gave a fairly basic, broad overview with very little to offer me. I read through the book in only a couple of hours, with nothing grabbing me to go "Wow! I had never thought of that before!" Yes, there is a couple of unusual things in there, with close-up image capture utilising scanners and close-up stands, but the vast majority of people would never use that. A disappointing purchase.
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