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Close-up and Macro Photography

Book Description

Focusing on fieldcraft techniques for macro and close-up photography, Thompson covers the vital but often overlooked skills necessary to achieve consistent professional results in the field. Case studies covering a broad and often challenging group of subjects from the seashore to your back garden form the core of the lavishly illustrated book.

Biology, life history, subject behaviour and ethics along with best practice approaches are discussed in detail and underpinned with photographic tips. The book is divided into four sections—Digital Fundamentals, Fieldcraft & Methodology, Portfolio Case Studies, Digital Workflow & Presentation—covering the full photographic process from capture through to editing, captioning, development and storage are discussed.

Moving beyond the surface-level approach to macro instruction, this book provides readers with techniques that work in the field. Illustrated with over 250 of the author's own inspiring images, this publication is a must for photographers, naturalists and anyone interested in improving their macro skills in the field.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Introduction
  9. Part One Digital Fundamentals
    1. 1 Having a Photographic Roadmap
    2. 2 Digital Cameras
    3. 3 Tripods & Camera Support Devices
    4. 4 Exposure & Metering Modes
    5. 5 Understanding ISO
    6. 6 Aperture
    7. 7 Depth of Field
    8. 8 Understanding White Balance
    9. 9 File Formats
    10. 10 Memory Cards
    11. 11 Histograms
    12. 12 Lenses
    13. 13 Light
    14. 14 Understanding Flash
    15. 15 Extended Depth of Field
    16. 16 Backgrounds
    17. 17 Custom-Designed Equipment
  10. Part Two Fieldcraft and Methodology
    1. 18 Setting Up Your Camera for Macro
    2. 19 Composition & Orientation
    3. 20 In the Field
    4. 21 Wide-Angle Macro
    5. 22 Marco on the Move
    6. 23 The Outdoor Field Studio
    7. 24 Photographing Further Afield
    8. 25 Photographing in Challenging Conditions
    9. 26 Macro Through the Seasons
    10. 27 Beyond Life-Size
    11. 28 Accessories for Macro
    12. 29 My Field Equipment
    13. 30 Filters
  11. Part Three Portfolio Case Studies
    1. 31 Jewels of the Insect World (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
    2. 32 Meadow Dancers (Butterflies)
    3. 33 Nature’s Nocturnal Butterflies (Moths)
    4. 34 Life in the Foliage (The Larval Phase of Butterflies & Moths)
    5. 35 Nature’s Floral Garden (Plants)
    6. 36 The Kingdom of the Underworld (Fungi)
    7. 37 Life in Freshwater (The Aquatic Environment)
    8. 38 Life on the Shoreline (Coastal Creatures & Rockpools)
    9. 39 Patterns on Banrk & Stone (Lichens)
    10. 40 Nature’s Grand Designs (Patterns & Abstracts)
    11. 41 Nature on Your Doorstep (Macro in the Garden)
  12. Part Four Digital Workflow and Presentation
    1. 42 Digital Workflow & Presentation
    2. 43 Contact Displays & Panels
    3. 44 Presenting & Publishing Your Phgotographs
  13. Additional Resources
  14. Index