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Understanding Close-Up Photography: Creative Close Encounters with or Without a Macro Lens [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Bryan Peterson
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7 April 2009
In his signature style, Peterson explores an ever-popular topic, showing photographers at every level exactly how to capture subjects in exciting, innovative new ways - from animals and plants, to objects found in the kitchen, the supermarket, even the local tip. With full information on equipment, exposure, light and composition and a plethora of innovative tips and techniques, the author takes readers way beyond the usual how-tos.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto (7 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817427198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817427191
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,656 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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About the Author

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
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 20 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars All you want to know! 27 Dec 2009
By H. Fick
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 29 May 2009
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY INTERESTING 29 Oct 2010
By Melman
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting & pleasure to read 23 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy 10 Aug 2010
By Kurt
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding close up photography 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
5.0 out of 5 stars well recommended! 17 Feb 2011
By Jaz
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars close-up photography
Excellent book in explaining the basics of close-up photography. Easy to read and understand. It shows that the basics have never changed.
Published 3 months ago by AlanB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good service
Daughter ordered this for her dad's birthday. So until he opens it we won't know if it has been a good choice or not. Great service though, received within 48 hrs of ordering.
Published 4 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Subject
I bought this on a whim but I'm glad that I did as it is fascinating and addictive. I have even bought myself a set of extension tubes to really exploit the information given in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MR ALYN LAMB
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
bought for someone else but have had great reply's from them as it has been very useful. interesting book for keen photographers
Published 8 months ago by Mister rugby man
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for getting into macro
The book is a brisk read and provides a good perspective on closeup and macro photography. You need to know your basics, which is good, as some books start from explaining... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Siddharth Baidwan
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple to understand. I love this mans books.
Bryan Peterson makes photography. He has an enthusiasm for his subject. I am steadily working through his books.
Very good reading.
Published 12 months ago by michael may
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful reference and reminder.
Brought back memories of the past hobby and application of techniques for close up photographic work that I have not used for some time, can't wait to get things together to make... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Roger H Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars A great great book
This is a fantastic book for getting started in macro photography by a great photographer who uses his vast experience of life to demonstrate how to take good photographs without... Read more
Published 14 months ago by pgee
5.0 out of 5 stars I have discovered a new world in miniature
I really rate Peterson. Lots of great ideas to try, lots of tips and great books full of great colour photographs. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Hammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Close ups
I am new to macro and close up photography so this book gave me a good insight into this section of photography. It also gives good advice on what equipment you need.
Published 17 months ago by Alun Williams
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