Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop and Macro Photography

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Close-up photography is one of the most fascinating areas in photography. This illustrated guide will take the reader on a journey into the wonderful world of small, smaller, and smallest objects and show him how he can capture their beauty with photographic images. Each step of the way will be carefully explained; how to choose the right equipment, how to use ambient light or create artificial lighting, and how to conceptualize and frame the perfect shot.

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Overview

Close-up photography is one of the most fascinating areas in photography. This illustrated guide will take the reader on a journey into the wonderful world of small, smaller, and smallest objects and show him how he can capture their beauty with photographic images. Each step of the way will be carefully explained; how to choose the right equipment, how to use ambient light or create artificial lighting, and how to conceptualize and frame the perfect shot.

Whereas the nature photographer is exploring facets and structures in his environment, the "table top photographer" is trying to shoot a small object, a product, or a small treasure for display on the web (e.g., eBay) or in print. Here, the choice of the appropriate lighting and backdrop, and the creative use of the camera's features are key to a perfect image.

Cyrill Harnischmacher explains all aspects of close-up shooting for both inside the studio, as well as outdoors. This book is filled with beautifully illustrated examples and detailed instructions on how to set up a system and workflow for successful close-up photography.

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Close-up photography is an astonishing genre crossing both the scientific and the artistic. Through it, the minute and fleeting world of flowers, insects, and everyday household objects can become strange and magnificent in its detail. Photographer and designer Harnischmacher's guiding philosophy here is that the best close-up work can be done in the camera with little if any manipulation of images by software. The book provides detailed and precise information on the technical aspects of cameras, lenses, tripods, filters, and lighting. Highly recommended for the motivated photographer. For a more elementary, software-based approach, see John Clements's A Comprehensive Guide to Digital Close-Up Photography.


—Daniel Lombardo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933952093
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition description: North American U S ed.
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 524,784
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Cyrill Harnischmacher is a photographer and designer who lives and works in southern Germany. His first book "lowbudgetshooting" won him the prestigeous Fotobuch-award of the German Booksellers Association in 2005. Cyrill is a studio photographer by profession and a nature and infrared photographer by passion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2007

    A little disappointing

    I greatly enjoyed the review copy of Cyrill Harnischmacher's first book, Low Budget Shooting. This one I didn't find as compelling. There is quite a bit of good information here, and certainly you could learn a lot about how to start experimenting with photographing all manner of things close up. But where Low Budget Shooting was really innovative in addressing a need that many photographers don't even think of having, Closeup Shooting looks at a topic well covered and doesn't breath the same refreshing air as Harnischmacher's first book. In some cases, the technical information is limited without, so far as I noticed, an explanation. To say that extreme closeup photography is only possible with an SLR or DSLR is flat out wrong. Medium format and large format cameras are capable of as much and even more. (Perhaps the book's title should have been Small Format Closeup Shooting.) One mention of infrared photography didn't mention the difficult - or even impossibility - of doing this with DSLRs. There are many examples of images, but relatively few show the set-up and lighting diagrams that help people understand how the techniques worked and to apply them in their own shooting. Given the number of special considerations one could make, 121 pages simply aren't enough to offer comprehensive coverage - there are entire books written on nothing but close-up photography in nature. It certainly isn't a dud, and it contains a lot of useful information, but I don't think it would be my first stop to learn about tabletop or macro photography.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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