I have recently read and re-read Closeup Shooting ($24.95) and would say without hesitation that it is one of the most useful photographic ‘tips’ book that I have read.
I have mentioned the ‘project’ that I am involved in before called 4framesofmind which to be honest isn’t getting the attention it deserves from me BUT the one project we did complete (almost) was the 12 Frames of Macro (although it seems we only posted 9!!) I found the concept of Macro photography extremely difficult both technically and creatively. I really wish I had read this book first.
The book isn’t really split into chapters, more subject matters with a couple of pages allocated to each subject, e.g.
* Choosing the right camera
* Extension Tubes & Teleconverters
* Tripods, Flash Tilts, and Ball Heads
* Travel Close Up Photography.
The pictures used to emphasise the different options and techniques are nothing less than stunning, and amazingly creative. To be honest as a ‘book of pictures’ it would stand up against the best of them, but when you add the explanations and techniques in it is a very impressive book.
You do require a reasonable knowledge of photography, and the ability to work out and understand both ratios and ‘technical speak’ helps a lot as it doesn’t pull any punches in giving the theory behind the techniques.
As a relative newbie to the world of DSLR and a gadget junkie I was totally amazed at the variety of accessories and options that exist for the camera, and just how specialised a skill Closeup Shooting is.
How much do I love this book? I won’t be lending it to anyone – it is just one of those books to keep dipping back into both for the beauty of the pictures and the inspiration and advice that it provides.
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.
Title: Closeup Shooting (Hard Cover)
Subtitle: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop and Macro Photography
First Edition: May 2007
ISBN 10: 1-933952-09-1
ISBN 13: 9781933952093