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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto (7 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817427198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817427191
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BRYAN PETERSON is a professional photographer, internationally known instructor, and founder of www.ppsop.com, The Perfect Picture School of Photography. He is the best-selling author of Understanding Exposure, Understanding Shutter Speed, Understanding Close-Up Photography, Learning to See Creatively Understanding Digital Photography, Beyond Portraiture and, most recently, Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide. His easy-to-understand writing and teaching style breaks down the complex and often confusing aspects of photography, translating them into what his students routinely describe as "aha" moments. His trademark use of colour and strong, graphic composition have garnered him many photographic awards and a strong following. He lives in Chicago.

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Bryan Peterson is a professional photographer, an internationally renowned instructor, and the best-selling author of five books for Watson-Guptill: Understanding Exposure, Learning to See Creatively, Understanding Digital Photography, Beyond Portraiture, and Understanding Shutter Speed. The founder of the online photography school The Picture Perfect School of Photography (www.ppsop.com), he divides his time between the United States and France.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Lee Chappelow on 20 Jan 2010
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I have been reading a lot of photography books recently, and this is definitely one of the most enjoyable and inspiring. I'm a newcomer to macro/close-up photography and I think this book was ideally suited. Not too long winded, it quickly and efficiently reels off the tips in a fairly informal style. This is backed up by what I considered to be very inspiring, modern, example photographs.

The only problem is it has made me want to spend a fortune on a dedicated macro lens! That said, however, the book also explores the less expensive routes into close-up photography such as extension tubes and point-and-shoot cameras. This is all very eye-opening advise for the beginner and not the 'what equipment to use' padding that often artificially bulks out photography/Photoshop books.

This is the first Peterson book I have read and I can see now why some of his older books have been top sellers.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By H. Fick on 27 Dec 2009
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What a surprisingly great book! I have been into photography for 20 years plus and the macro-bug has always been lurking in the corner. I decided to add a Nikon 105mm Micro lens to my collection of lenses, some reverse fit adapters for my 50mm F1.8 Nikon lens and off I went. Since I have a good understanding of photography basics, I started off and all went well and as expected.

I got this book for some extra ideas. What a brilliant idea this was. The author takes you through all the basics (good for the newbie and good for brushing up on some points), BUT the best about this book is all the ideas and examples. You are taken into another world and a new way of thinking! You get the most amazing ideas and things you will NEVER think of photographing.

Absolutely worth every penny!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Alan K. Whyte on 29 May 2009
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This book is a fantastic book for anyone wanting to get into closeup and macro photography, the author lays out the subject in a very concise and not over technical format. The material is well written and the images that go with the book are visually and technically stunning. It is nice to see a photography book that includes the options to get into closeup/macro on a low budget. This book I would reccomend highly to those just getting into the subject or for people that think the only macro/closeup things they can take are flowers and insects.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melman on 29 Oct 2010
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I`ve just bought my first Digital SLR camera and Macro lens. I bought this book because of my interest in close-up photography and how different everything seems when its really close.
I found this book very interesting and easy to read. The pictures are great too and the author explains how the picture was taken.
I`m now trying to copy what he has been doing!
Mind you, the author has been doing it for 30 years, so I have a long way to go.
For me, its a book I will be referring to in the future, so its not a one-off read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harvey jr. on 23 Feb 2011
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The author manages very well to explain the concepts behind close-up photography, as well as the equipment options and how to use accessories to the greatest benefit - on their own or in combination. Of more interest probably to beginners rather than advanced photographers, but very well suited for this purpose.

And it's extremely inspiring too; I've been eager to try out all of the suggestions and am no longer wondering why my own close-up shots aren't so exciting, because it's pretty clear to me now that I've read the book...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kurt on 10 Aug 2010
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I recently bought a few photography (macro) books. This one really stands out. The author has a very enjoyable way of writing. Every picture is well documented.
As a matter of fact I am, at this very moment, selecting other books from this author for my wish list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Cardy on 24 Feb 2011
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I got this book after reading a section on macro work in a magazine, as I wanted to learn more about it.
It's extremely informative with pictures. It's broken down into understandable paragraphs and I'm sure learning what I wanted to know! It's brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jaz on 17 Feb 2011
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I would really recommend this book a must have for anyone with an interest in Macro or Close-Up photography.

It is clearly set out and deals with a lot of the aspects associated with close-up photography such as depth of field, aperture, exposure etc. Stressing that to make close-up pictures you do not always have to use a Macro lens and suggesting alternatives. I have actually got a macro lens and love it but as the author says I have also taken very close-up photos with my other lenses and had excellent results.

Good advice and a lot of different ideas for a shoot complete with lovely images to explain the text.

Glad I bought it as it is an excellent book to dip in and out of, no way have I read it all yet!
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