Book Review: The Complete Guide to Close-Up and Macro Photographyin Reviews: Books, Lessons, Workshops
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The Complete Guide to Close-Up and Macro PhotographyAuthor: Paul Harcourt Davies
Publisher: David & Charles
Format: A4 hardback, 157 pages, over 300 pictures and diagrams
An excellent book for either the aspiring or established macro photographer. Subjects covered include Camera Systems, Lenses, Exposure, Film, Filters, Lighting, Composition, Outdoor Photography and Indoor Photographer.
Illustrated throughout with both Pauls inspirational work and illustrative diagrams. The book is a good balance between the technical and the creative with just the right amount of technical information provided to explain how pictures are created and affected by the equipment used. All the pictures are fully captioned with technical and creative descriptions.
The book does not assume an infinite budget and explains the best way to achieve a specific magnification and what the pros and cons are. For example the good and bad points of dedicated macro lenses verses the use of standard lenses mounted on extension tubes.
At the time the book was published Paul was firmly in the traditional film SLR camp as such a user of compact style cameras, be they digital or film types, will not gain as much technically as the SLR user. He does cover the use of both 35mm and medium format equipment.
I think this is a wonderful book worth buying just for the pictures; they are absolutely stunning in their colour and clarity. If you ever wanted to ride a grasshopper or climb into a flower you will adore this book. I highly recommend it.
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