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Macro Photography Photo Workshop Paperback – 3 Jul 2007
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From the Back Cover
Focus on the incredible world all around you Fabric textures. A beetle′s wing. A hood ornament. Dew shimmering on a petal. With this essential book, you′ll learn to make magnificent photos of little things and small portions of bigger things. Discover what equipment you′ll need and how to achieve amazing effects with lighting and depth of field. Test your new–found skills by completing the assignments in each chapter and get feedback at pwsbooks.com. You′ll develop a new view of life′s small wonders. Explore your camera′s functionality and optional lenses Experiment with natural light, reflectors, and flash units Recognize macro opportunities in everyday surroundings Discover the fun of the "20–step challenge" Fix common macro problems with digital editing and apply creative effects
About the Author
HAJE JAN KAMPS has been a freelance writer and photographer as well as an editor. In addition to his popular do–it–yourself photography blog, photocritic.org, Haje is known for creative inventions such as the macro extension tube he made from a Pringles can.
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Similarly, the author's description of polarized light is appalling, he does not have a clue of what it is.
You can actually gather more knowledge by browsing the internet than reading this book, as well much better pictures are to be find in blogs and forums.
Drawing on his experience in "homebrew" macro photography such as the (in)famous extension tube he built from a Pringles can, Haje really covers all levels of macro photography. He describes how one can get started with a compact digital camera or using simple tricks like reversed lenses, all the way up to more professional equipment like ring flash, bellows and dedicated macro lenses.
After the first few chapters (which cover principles, equipment and lighting), he then breaks out into different subject areas (flowers, textures, and so on), explaining how to make the best of each of them. Remember that "macro" does not only mean close-up, it can also describe smaller images of larger subjects. The book covers all of these areas, from nearly microscopic pictures of ball point pen details, through to larger images.
The style is clear, and each section ends with a project to practice the skills described. Some of the images demonstrated are simply stunning.
I really enjoyed the book and think it would be a great introduction for anyone wanting to enhance their macro skills.
The photos in the book are beautiful too they inspire and give some great starting points for your own experiments.
Definitely a must have for the collection!
These workshops are excellent and very useful.
If you want to look at a lot of mediocre pictures taken with a range of bellows, inverted lenses and extension tubes made from pringle tubes, then don't delay.
If on the other hand you want information from photographers who care about the wildlife they photograph, who use equipment you might actually own or aspire to owning I suggest you look at the work of Ross Hoddinott or Heather Angel to name but two.
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