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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto (7 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817427198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817427191
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bryan Peterson is a professional photographer, an internationally renowned instructor, and the best-selling author of five books for Watson-Guptill: Understanding Exposure, Learning to See Creatively, Understanding Digital Photography, Beyond Portraiture, and Understanding Shutter Speed. The founder of the online photography school The Picture Perfect School of Photography (www.ppsop.com), he divides his time between the United States and France.


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I have been reading a lot of photography books recently, and this is definitely one of the most enjoyable and inspiring. I'm a newcomer to macro/close-up photography and I think this book was ideally suited. Not too long winded, it quickly and efficiently reels off the tips in a fairly informal style. This is backed up by what I considered to be very inspiring, modern, example photographs.

The only problem is it has made me want to spend a fortune on a dedicated macro lens! That said, however, the book also explores the less expensive routes into close-up photography such as extension tubes and point-and-shoot cameras. This is all very eye-opening advise for the beginner and not the 'what equipment to use' padding that often artificially bulks out photography/Photoshop books.

This is the first Peterson book I have read and I can see now why some of his older books have been top sellers.
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What a surprisingly great book! I have been into photography for 20 years plus and the macro-bug has always been lurking in the corner. I decided to add a Nikon 105mm Micro lens to my collection of lenses, some reverse fit adapters for my 50mm F1.8 Nikon lens and off I went. Since I have a good understanding of photography basics, I started off and all went well and as expected.

I got this book for some extra ideas. What a brilliant idea this was. The author takes you through all the basics (good for the newbie and good for brushing up on some points), BUT the best about this book is all the ideas and examples. You are taken into another world and a new way of thinking! You get the most amazing ideas and things you will NEVER think of photographing.

Absolutely worth every penny!
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This book is a fantastic book for anyone wanting to get into closeup and macro photography, the author lays out the subject in a very concise and not over technical format. The material is well written and the images that go with the book are visually and technically stunning. It is nice to see a photography book that includes the options to get into closeup/macro on a low budget. This book I would reccomend highly to those just getting into the subject or for people that think the only macro/closeup things they can take are flowers and insects.
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I`ve just bought my first Digital SLR camera and Macro lens. I bought this book because of my interest in close-up photography and how different everything seems when its really close.
I found this book very interesting and easy to read. The pictures are great too and the author explains how the picture was taken.
I`m now trying to copy what he has been doing!
Mind you, the author has been doing it for 30 years, so I have a long way to go.
For me, its a book I will be referring to in the future, so its not a one-off read.
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I have been an avid photographer for many years and decided to learn about close up photography, rather than just picking it up as I went along. I knew most of the equipment available but wanted a detailed review of what to use and when, with tips on how.

This book did not do this for me, rather it gave an outline of equipment and a brief introduction together with some pictures.

Perhaps I needed a more reference type of book.
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The author manages very well to explain the concepts behind close-up photography, as well as the equipment options and how to use accessories to the greatest benefit - on their own or in combination. Of more interest probably to beginners rather than advanced photographers, but very well suited for this purpose.

And it's extremely inspiring too; I've been eager to try out all of the suggestions and am no longer wondering why my own close-up shots aren't so exciting, because it's pretty clear to me now that I've read the book...
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By Kurt on 10 Aug. 2010
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I recently bought a few photography (macro) books. This one really stands out. The author has a very enjoyable way of writing. Every picture is well documented.
As a matter of fact I am, at this very moment, selecting other books from this author for my wish list.
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Here is another wonderful book by creative photographer Bryan Pearson. I purchased this book for one reason only, I enjoyed learning from Bryan's other books on the subject. I hadn't even considered close-up photography until reading this book. As a result, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about close-up photography and developing my skills using micro-lenses. Once again, Bryan communicates another aspect of photography with great enthusiasm and expertise. His style of writing encourages you to it least try with the equipment you already have. For anyone interested in close-up photography, this book would be a welcome addition to your library of knowledge. I like it and it has made a big difference to another aspect of my creative vision as a photographer.
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