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Macrophotography: Learning from a Master An absolutly wonderfull book The photos make you want to go out straight away and click and click again.The text can be quite technical and a little hard to follow at first, but it does provide a real understanding of the science of macro and indeed any photography.The book is the best work on the subject I have read, it is very well printed and well worth the money.If you enjoy insects, flowers and all the smaller things in nature you will love this book. Macro photograph is very hard to master Even with the best of equipment, it requires command of your equipment, knowledge of your controls or lack of controls, continued practice, and especially, patience Subject depth, wind, complexity of view, and lighting are difficult to manage.Gilles is a master s master The book s included artwork is magnificent His photographs of flying insects are remarkable if not seemly impossible images His lighting IR sensor equipment technique are quite advanced, but within your reach if so inclined His examples are biased towards insects and amphibians in flight, above ground, below ground, and underwater as opposed to other possible subjects such as flowers, bark, rocks, ice, etc The art, alone, is worth this book s purchase.Most of his techniques he teaches you are straight forward, and really, quite basic once you understand the elements and your control over them, but you must have Gilles s patience He provides technical data on all of his art He excels in giving you the technical detail behind his methodology.Few books in my photographic library compare in depth to this book Many of Ansel s books are good comparisons for subject depth In macro photography, I cherish all of Tony Sweet s books, especially the Fine Art Flower Photography, which cover both technique and composition theory I like John Shaw s Closeups in Nature for subject matter coverage broader orientation , and I learned a lot from it initially However, Gilles excels over Shaw in his chosen sphere of subjects, personal skills, and book subject depth I m happy to have all of these books in my library.Physically, Gilles Martin s book is a big 9 1 2 w , 11 1 4 h , and 1 thick Printing, paper, illustrations, color, and photographic quality are A. This book is okay, but there are far better books on the subject The author is obviously very gifted and knowledgeable on the subject and has shown his techniques in the book to good effect The book left me disappointed in that this is yet another macro photography book that focuses entirely on small animal insect and flower photography Anybody reading this book would be forgiven for thinking that macro meant close up nature photography The majority of the techniques remain the same regardless of the subject and the physics certainly remains the same It would have been nice to have seen some of the book devoted to static macro photography techniques Even a cheese grater or a wood screw can look amazing close up For this reason I have scored only two stars which is harsh given the excellent photographs within the book and the technical explanations given. Being a proof photographer for 30 yrs this became my favorite book in 0,5 sec It is a MUST have for close up photographers The book is inspiring, nerded, teaching, fun, it is how to do and how they did all the stunning shots From night, day and fill in flash to microscope, studio, mobile macro, endophotography, etc..etc plants, aquarium, terrarium, mineral and ordinary macro passion It covers it all from simple, to proof, to science on most levels.Knowing the field.it was such a pleasant surprise to be even enlightened Gilles Martin is truly a master, and a VERY creative one, too The book is than worth the money and deserve at least 6 stars That the illustrations will be fascinating it was clear to me before I got the book In addition, the enthusiasm of the author for the subject is quite contagious, so beware if you buy this book, you will soon end up spending time behind your camera I also enjoyed the way the book presents both sophisticated and simple equipment, and has the good sense not to discourage you from going to take pictures with something that is not top of the line On the contrary, many passages encourage you to experiment and improvise What I did care less for are a couple of math blunders the explanation on the rounding of aperture values on page 102, f 8 is actually f 8 and not f 7.999 and inexact print of the DOF formula on page 117 I also enjoyed the loving and respectful attitude to nature and all living creatures Finally, there are lots and lots of tiny details about shooting in the field that I learned from the book. First, let me point out a couple of things that surprised me when the book arrived, although if I had just thought about what the specs stated, this would not have been a surprise This is a large and heavy book, 11.2 x 9.8 x 0.9 inches and weighs 4.2 pounds I have no problem with that, but I did not expect it It is published by Harry N Abrams, where all the great and large art books come from And last, when the title says Macrophotography, it means it in the widest sense of that word This is not simply a book on what we popularly would call close up photography.The point of the above is that the reader should prepare to see many sections on types of micro photography that may not interest them and perhaps worse for many of us many sections on specialized equipment that most of us would never assemble, much less pay for Examples of this are a entire studio that you take into the field or a large aquarium like tank that you take with you, along with some 29 gallons of clear water to fill it I won t be doing that anytime soon There are many, many other sections like this, sections with amazing equipment that you can t find, even if you could afford it This kind of thing fills at least one half of the book And last and this is a matter of taste many of the very nice nature close ups used to illustrate this book are obviously using flash and from my perspective the flash is way too heavy in that regard Of course, I prefer natural light or natural light with a flash fill This for me was that most difficult aspect of the book.On the positive side, this is an incredible reference book, filled with inventions and ideas related to macrophotography that I will want to look at and study in the future Perhaps the best part of the book for me was a short article on the love of nature and the passion for it that drives many of us out to welcome the sun each morning or to put it to bed each night when the light is right This author expresses this very well inspiring.In the first roughly half of the book, the author goes over much of the material that most of us think of as macro photography, like diopters, extension tubes, and on, although not in any great detail, plus the mandatory endless formulae that almost none of us ever work out on a calculator now that digital cameras are what we use What is missing for me from this work is hands on examples and worked problem situations that would show me how to become a better close up photographer.I am glad to have this book and will use it as a reference volume, but I won t be trading it for John Shaw s Closeups in Nature anytime soon. The book is full of good information and broken down to understable chunks, with lots of great pics Some of the equipment he is recommending is very pricey for your average hobbyist, but if you want to learn and see macro photography this is a good choice Great book even though it is a couple of years old There is so much information and it will make a great reference book This volume is an invitation into the world of close up photography The topics covered in the book range from technical advice about the equipment needed to get started cameras, lenses, film , lighting techniques flash versus natural light and accessories to use as your experience progresses or situations arise that demand them filters, tripods and protective gear for both you and your equipment The book addresses in detail questions of focus, lighting and exposure It not only discusses simple solutions and techniques for capturing images, but it also gives advice on aesthetic issues such as composition and colour Apart from the technical advice, the volume presents images capturing the exquisite detail of flora and fauna flowers brimming with nectar, the intricate pattern of a butterfly s wings and the eye of a gecko, among many The book closes with a discussion of a further photographic frontier for future exploration microphotography The photos that pack this great book are amazing If you are even considering getting into macro photography you should own this book I found myself up late into the night unable to put it down Afterward I was so eager to get out and explore this new world that I had never put much thought to Who would have thought tiny bug and other creepy crawlies would be so colorful and fascinating

  • Macrophotography: Learning from a Master
  • Ronan Loaec
  • 24 July 2018
  • 0810991179

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