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Digital Macro Photography Hardcover – 22 Jun 2006
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About the Author
Ross Hoddinott is an award-winning photographer who has previously written two titles for GMC and lives in Bude, Cornwall. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Throughout, Hoddinott repeatedly emphasises how fundamental techniques such as depth of field, composition and lighting can be managed for creative effect, and he illustrates these with an abundance of inspirational examples.
The middle section of the book is devoted to techniques for the macro photography of different subjects including still-life, natural-history, and quite a long piece on textures and patterns. Although personally I could have happily absorbed more material on wildlife photography, there must come a point where the book would become a nature field guide.
The book concludes with useful sections on the key editing processes in Photoshop, printing, and cataloguing and storage. All of these are necessarily brief. A glossary is provided although it is probably slightly superfluous. A list of Useful Websites will also date fairly quickly, and finally there is a comprehensive index.
Hoddinott covers all the topics in the book efficiently and concisely. It is hard to see that he could say very much more about macro photography without turning a very specific guide into an all-encompassing tome on digital photography.
My only criticism is that Hoddinott has an irritating habit (well, I find it irritating) of referring to photographers as "snappers" - not only in this book but in other printed work as well. It may amuse someone with a string of awards to his name, but for those of us who still aspire to having our work recognised it feels like a very pejorative expression!
That said, this is a book I will be picking up and referring to for a long time to come.
primarily on 'close'. This isn't made clear on the cover. You can't tell a book by its cover even when it has 'Macro' written on it in large letter. If you are interested in photographing better fruit, or the ends of drinking straws go ahead and buy. 'Close up' photography of paperclips has never been more fun. Now I know what an MP-E 65mm is for.
Thus, if you don't know very much, you will learn quite a bit from Mr Hoddinott. However if you have been taking pictures for a while and want to get some detailed knowledge of macro photography, you will find yourself wading through nearly half the book to get to anything new.
By contrast, a book like Close-ups in Nature (Practical Photography Books)" initially appears quite dated (the earlier editions were first written in the days of film cameras). However almost none of the fundamentals of taking good macros have changed with the arrival of digital, so nearly all the material is still relevent.
This book takes you through the basic techniques of macrophotography and moves through the intracacies of lighting and post-camera processing with an ease of expression that even an absolute beginner can understand, whilst having enough detail to enable the more experienced photographer.
The images included are breath-taking, and get you looking at even the most mundane of objects as potential subject matter. Further to this the text is well written and informed, with the added bonus of jargon busting and pro tips that are easily browsed through.
If you want a book that inspires, informs and is accessable no matter what level of understanding you have, this book is the book for you. It will get you itching to pick up your camera.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hoping this would improve my macro attempts but I haven't really have the time to get out and take photos! Fantastic photographs and great tips.Published on 1 Nov. 2014 by Ann Jarvis
Bit disappointing, I thought there would be more information on wild life macro which was lacking I felt.Published on 5 July 2014 by terry c
I have just bought a macro lens for my DSLR and wanted some guidance. This book is ideal, lots of hints and tips and has really helped me to get started. Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2011 by Sueann
It's a general introductory book on digital photography, with very little about macro, so if you have some knowledge about macro photography, search another book if you want to... Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2010 by M. Angel Garcia Martin
I found the book by Ross Hoddinot to contain much valuable information. It is concise, practical and covers everything from equpment, basic information and technological... Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2009 by GW
As with all other books written by Ross Hoddinott, it is excellent.
There are a couple of things which duplicate over from the Digital Exposure Handbook,
but nothing that... Read more