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Macrophotography: Create Larger-Than-Life Photographs of Nature's Smallest Subjects Paperback – 13 Sep 2016
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About the Author
He is active in environmental education through his Adjunct Instructor position at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he teaches General Zoology and Field Biology. Combining his scientific career with photography, Dennis created ctherpetology.com, a website which serves as a photographic atlas for the identification of Connecticut’s amphibians and reptiles. Capturing images that ignited interest and questions from viewers, Dennis quickly realized the value of photography in his pursuits of conservation, and now shoots the macro-world to shed light on the astounding species diversity that surrounds our daily life.
Dennis actively displays his photographs in galleries, nature centers and art festivals and is published in various wildlife magazines, newspapers, educational pamphlets and scientific documents. He is active on social media and has won image awards in online gallery contests.
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Macrophotography is not an exhaustive treatise on the subject, but, more important, it is an inspirational work; if you weren't interested in the macro world, or, more specifically, macro nature photography before you opened the front cover, you will be by the time you reach the end cover. Pick a photo (any photo) in the book and you have at your fingertips a description (Tech Specs) of how the photo was made. The species descriptions and the anecdotes that accompany them are a bonus.
Most of Quinn's photos were taken outdoors, "on location," and he stresses the joy of taking the ordinary critter - such as a beetle - and making it, through patience and macro photography, extraordinary. But macrophotography, as Quinn recognizes, is not always about planting oneself in a swamp or on a carpet of leaves in the great outdoors. Quinn also takes his readers indoors, where subjects can be manipulated and posed far more easily than in the outdoors.
Indoor macrophotography requires different techniques than outdoor macro work, and Quinn is up to the task. His photos illuminate both the straight-forward, relatively simple processes that accompany outdoor macrophotography (some might question whether contorting oneself into a pretzel to see eye-to-eye with a frog is "simple") and the more sophisticated art of indoor macro work.
For the beginner especially, the book is a trove of information, both about its title and its animal subjects, but there is plenty of photo food here, too, for experienced nature photographers. Consider the cover photo: a treefrog photographed from its underside against a black background. If the reader is baffled by the "how" of the situation, Quinn unravels that mystery and techniques for photographing critters in.aquaria.
The era of digital photography has made macrophotography not only easier but potentially far better. The marketplace is rife with macro lenses and accessories. If you haven't indulged in the joy of macrophotography, Quinn's book may be just the push into that world that you've been waiting for.
Now here is Dennis Quinn's Macrophotography book and things are going to be different! The format is great and Dennis focuses (forgive the pun) on things I never thought of -- camera angle, background, and picking unusual elements of the subject to photograph, to name a few. Best of all, however, is his understanding of his subjects. It helps him find interesting beasts, anticipate their behavior and get great shots as a result.
I can't wait to get back out, armed with his thoughts and techniques. I know my work will be better by degrees.
Dennis's photographs in the book are wonderful. If you like nature photography, buy this book!