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Focus On Close-Up and Macro Photography (Focus On series)

Book Description

Want to get the best out of your digital camera? Not quite sure how to capture up-close shots? Want easy to follow, expert advice on the best ways to creatively capture macro shots you can be proud of?

This is your ticket to go beyond a snapshot to create a fine art print that you'll be so proud of. Macro and close-up photography involves a unique skill set in terms of exposure, lighting, and of course, composition in particular. You can take a quick photo of a sunflower in your back yard that will look mundane and typical OR you could learn how to take a picture of just a part of it-up close-and create a work of art. Let this book be your guide!

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. The Focus On Series
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright
  6. Dedication
  7. Contents
  8. About the Author
  9. Acknowledgements
  10. Introduction
  11. Chapter 1: What Is Macro Photography?
    1. The Difference between Close-Up and Macro Photography
    2. The Difficulty with Macro Photography
    3. Extension Accessories for Close-Up Photography
    4. Choosing the Right Camera and Lenses
    5. Cameras
    6. Lenses
    7. Tripods
    8. Flash and Reflectors
  12. Chapter 2: Composition
    1. Before You Even Take a Shot, Consider the Following
    2. Your Eye Isn’t the Camera’s Eye
    3. Framing
    4. The Rule of Thirds
    5. Depth of Field
    6. Bracketing
    7. Shutter Speed
    8. ISO
    9. Digital Noise
    10. RAW, TIFF, and JPEG
    11. Histogram
    12. White Balance
  13. Chapter 3: Flower Photography
    1. Fun or Serious?
    2. Photography Is All about Observing
    3. The Anatomy of a Flower
    4. Focus on What You Want to Shoot
    5. If I’m Shooting Close-Ups, Why Is the Background So Important?
    6. Eliminating Distractions
    7. Positive and Negative Space
    8. Using Negative Space
    9. Horizontal versus Vertical
    10. Lines, Shapes, and Patterns
    11. Lighting
    12. Color
    13. Photographing Multicolored Flowers
    14. Photographing Roses
    15. Photographing Red and Yellow Flowers
    16. Photographing Blue and Green Flowers
    17. Photographing White Flowers
    18. Photographing Flowers in Black and White
    19. Sepia
    20. Leaves
    21. Weather
    22. Lens Hood
    23. Filters
    24. Aesthetics
  14. Chapter 4: Lighting
    1. Outdoor Lighting
    2. Front Lighting
    3. Back Lighting
    4. Silhouettes
    5. Side Lighting
    6. Diffused Lighting
    7. Studio Lighting
    8. Incandescent Lighting or Continuous Lighting
    9. Strobe Lighting
  15. Chapter 5: Subjects to Photograph
    1. Automotive Photography
    2. Food Photography
    3. Photographing Fruit
    4. How to Photograph Falling Droplets
    5. How to Photograph Smoke Trails
    6. How to Photograph Lit Matches
    7. How to Photograph Water Refractions
    8. Photographing Water
    9. Photographing Glass
    10. Photographing Synthetic Textures
    11. Photographing Fabrics
    12. Photographing Insects
    13. Abstract Photography
  16. Chapter 6: What to Do with Your Images
    1. Getting Published
    2. Documentation
    3. Magazines
    4. Book Publishing
    5. Self-Publishing
    6. Stock Photography
    7. Greeting Cards and Calendar Companies
    8. Advertising and Promotion
    9. Conclusion
    10. List of Acronyms
  17. Index