An Introduction To Macro & Close-Up Photography, part of the DSLR Fundamentals series, is an eBook written specifically for those interested in learning more about the basics of macro and close-up photography. The book uses text, videos, diagrams, graphs, and charts to explain and teach a variety of concepts such as:
- Understanding the difference between macro and close-up photography
- Choosing dedicated macro equipment and learning how to use it
- Modifying existing equipment for macro and close-up photography using reversing rings, extension tubes, macro couplers, and diopters
- Creating on-camera, off-camera, and external lighting solutions
- Do-It-Yourself projects for creating a variety of reflectors and diffusers
- Learning an array of macro and close-up shooting techniques
- Mastering the fundamental issues of shooting macro and close-up, such as depth of field, natural and artificial lighting, proper exposure, subject and camera movement, and principles of light and shadow
- Employing elements of art and style for better bokeh, creative focus, unique perspective, inventive exposure, and proper composition
- Processing macro and close-up photographs using editing software
The volume also includes information and links to useful gadgets, equipment, graphics, and online communities relevant to macro and close-up photography.
If you're a new or established photographer, someone interested in a different genre of photography, or someone who has an interest in shooting close-ups, this book will help you learn the basics needed to take beautiful macro and close-up photos.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I wanted to try something new, now that I've learned how to use the manual controls on my DSLR. But I didn't want to drop $700 on a new lens. This book had several great options for how to use the kit lens that came with my camera to take great close-up and macro photos. For about $30, I bought a lens reversing ring, a set of extension tubes, and a macro coupler to use with a friend's lens. The results are spectacular. I'm going to take some flower pictures using the homemade light tent described in the book. It also has helpful information on light, depth of field, DIY equipment mods, and even tips on processing with applications like Photoshop and Aperture. A great read for someone wanting to try something new with their camera.
I read this after reading another book by the same author, DSLR Fundamentals. I was intrigued by macro (close-up, really) photography after purchasing and learning how to use my new Nikon D7100. This book was great because it showed a number of ways you can use your existing lens to take macro/close-up shots without having to go out and purchase an expensive macro lens. Reversing rings, macro couplers, extension tubes - there are several ways to take great close-up shots without having to spend a fortune. I also appreciated the tips on composition and light. And the DIY reflectors were handy, too.
This book was an excellent resource for learning how to take macro/close-up photographs without having to buy a dedicated macro lens. The information and explanations on how to use lens reversers, macro couplers, and diopters was a great way to try my hand at close-up photography.