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Close-up & Macro Photography

Close-up & Macro Photography

Macro Photography is an essential guide to a fascinating technique, beginning with an explanation of the difference between close-up and macro work. Aimed at the novice or more experienced amateur, the book describes the equipment for capturing true macro images, the 'macro' mode on standard DSLRs, and the use of zoom lenses, wide-angle lenses, dedicated macro lenses, teleconverters, bellows and reversing rings.

The theory of exposure and metering, light, colour and flash is explained, and there's practical advice on composition and focusing. Project ideas include success with flower photography, capturing the textures of materials such as bark and lichen, photographing butterflies, and abstract boat hulls.

Information on post processing explains file formats, raw conversion software, adjustments to contrast, brightness and shadows, understanding levels and curves, white balance and saturation, with helpful tips on removing imperfections, cropping for impact, and printing.

Includes Quick Reference Card

Tracy Hallett is a former editor of Outdoor Photography magazine. Her work has been featured in over 20 consumer magazines, and exhibited at The Photographers' Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery in London. Tracy's recent projects include photographing all the wildflower species in Sussex, and visiting all the offshore islands in Great Britain. She lives in the New Forest in Hampshire with her husband Dan.

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