on 28 February 2004
This is a good book. It was my first specialised macro book, and I got it mainly because of the quality of the photos. The book covers a range of topics including lighting, exposure, composition and equipment.
The book is great for inspiration too. As well as providing technical details about the photographs they often provide you with diagrams or photos of the setup used. I find this useful as it gives me ideas of techniques to try .
If you are after a more technical approach, John Shaw's "Close-ups in Nature" is probably a better bet, and in fact it makes an ideal partner to this book.
To conclude, this book is a great introduction to macro photography. It is well written and inspirational - a great buy!
on 20 June 2005
This book is a must read for all persons such as myself who have just spent a great deal of money on a specialist macro lens and would now like the knowledge to get the most from it.
I feel inspired by the images and I really can't wait to get out and about in an attempt at emulating some of them, disapointment is for sure as the images really are superb and well beyond my capabilities, ( for now I hope )
The text is clear and concise and explains all of the aspects related to the subject of macro photography well without boring you senseless.
I need to look no further for any other book regarding macro photography as this one has ticked all the boxes with a very large red pen, it really is a must have.
It's just a pity it's not a hardback as I can see it getting a great deal of use.
on 6 August 2005
An absolutly wonderfull book. The photos make you want to go out straight away and click and click again.
The text can be quite technical and a little hard to follow at first, but it does provide a real understanding of the science of macro (and indeed any) photography.
The book is the best work on the subject I have read, it is very well printed and well worth the money.
If you enjoy insects, flowers and all the smaller things in nature you will love this book.
on 25 December 2007
Being a proof. photographer for 30 yrs - this became my favorite book in 0,5 sec! It is a MUST have for close-up photographers. The book is inspiring, nerded, teaching, fun, it is how to do and how they did all the stunning shots. From night, day and fill in flash to microscope, studio, mobile macro, endophotography, etc..etc... plants, aquarium, terrarium, mineral and ordinary macro passion.... It covers it all from simple, to proof, to science - on most levels.
Knowing the field....it was such a pleasant surprise to be even more enlightened. Gilles Martin is truly a master, and a VERY creative one, too. The book is more than worth the money and deserve at least 6 stars!
on 29 December 2012
This book is okay, but there are far better books on the subject. The author is obviously very gifted and knowledgeable on the subject and has shown his techniques in the book to good effect. The book left me disappointed in that this is yet another macro photography book that focuses entirely on small animal/insect and flower photography. Anybody reading this book would be forgiven for thinking that macro meant close up nature photography. The majority of the techniques remain the same regardless of the subject and the physics certainly remains the same. It would have been nice to have seen some of the book devoted to static macro photography techniques. Even a cheese grater or a wood screw can look amazing close up. For this reason I have scored only two stars which is harsh given the excellent photographs within the book and the technical explanations given.