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Close-Up and Macro: A Photographer's Guide Hardcover – 25 Aug 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (25 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715319035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715319031
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 783,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There is no doubt about the capabilities of the author"
-- Highland News, 27th May 2006

"This photography book by Robert thompson is visually
stunning...Thompson is a genuine artist" -- Scottish Wildelife Magazine, Summer 2006

About the Author

Robert Thompson is an accomplished wildlife photographer, author and entomologist who's photographs have appeared in many books and magazines throughout Britain and Europe. His work is used by societies and organisations including the RSPB, National Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage, English Nature and Northern Ireland Tourist Board. His photographs have been used to promote Mamiya's medium-format cameras both in the UK and Japan. He lectures on photography and natural history subjects as well as running workshops, tours and field trips. Robert lives in Northern Ireland.


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Having taken up photography as a serious hobby only a year ago I found myself naturally gravitating to wildlife photography and particularly insects. True macro means a magnification of 1:1 where the subject appears as big on film (on on many modern cameras - the ccd or cmos sensor) as it is in real life. Robert Thompson shows he really knows his stuff. The book is fantastic just as a coffee table book with the many sharp and vibrant photos of butterflies, dragonflies, flowers and fungi.
Although the author says he has deliberately not included work impossible for the average person I could not help but feel that some more exotic species would have made it more interesting to leaf through but that is a minor complaint. The text itself is very good, and although Thompson himself is a fan of medium format cameras this does not stop digital or 35mm users from getting the most of it. He discusses in detail all the equipment one can use for such work, close-up filters, macro lenses, extension tubes, bellows and it is all useful information, though I was left a little vague on the explanation of how extension tubes altered the focal length and magnification.
Another small complaint is Thompson's choice not to include any picture information aside from the equipment - f stop, shutter speed, iso etc. For an aspiring close-up/maco photographer, this is important info to have, as knowing how and when to increase shutter speed to compensate for a smaller aperture (to give greater depth of field) is useful info, the digital user also has the option of changing ISO and this is not really discussed. It would have been nice if he could discuss more camera brands and not focus on mamiya who he is paid to represent, still they do make nice cameras but out of reach of most amateurs.
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Having taken up photography as a serious hobby only a year ago I found myself naturally gravitating to wildlife photography and particularly insects. True macro means a magnification of 1:1 where the subject appears as big on film (on on many modern cameras - the ccd or cmos sensor) as it is in real life. Robert Thompson shows he really knows his stuff. The book is fantastic just as a coffee table book with the many sharp and vibrant photos of butterflies, dragonflies, flowers and fungi.
Although the author says he has deliberately not included work impossible for the average person I could not help but feel that some more exotic species would have made it more interesting to leaf through but that is a minor complaint. The text itself is very good, and although Thompson himself is a fan of medium format cameras this does not stop digital or 35mm users from getting the most of it. He discusses in detail all the equipment one can use for such work, close-up filters, macro lenses, extension tubes, bellows and it is all useful information, though I was left a little vague on the explanation of how extension tubes altered the focal length and magnification.
Another small complaint is Thompson's choice not to include any picture information aside from the equipment - f stop, shutter speed, iso etc. For an aspiring close-up/maco photographer, this is important info to have, as knowing how and when to increase shutter speed to compensate for a smaller aperture (to give greater depth of field) is useful info, the digital user also has the option of changing ISO and this is not really discussed. It would have been nice if he could discuss more camera brands and not focus on mamiya who he is paid to represent, still they do make nice cameras but out of reach of most amateurs.
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The photographs are absolutely stunning and Robert is very generous in sharing his knowledge. His love and enthusiasm for his photography is both obvious and infectious. Would have liked to see aperture used listed along with all other technical data given for each photograph.
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A collection of beautiful pictures and a text which explains technical aspects of close-up photography (but with less information about digital). Nice square shape.
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One of the best books on the subject with stunning photos and very informative text.
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