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Close-up Photography in Nature Paperback – January 8, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Revised edition (January 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554070228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554070220
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,560,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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An inspiring, practical guide for photographers who want to capture nature in all its glory. (Joy McDonell Canadian Camera 2005-09-00)

A good instructive and inspiring manual with techniques explained simply and clearly and a vast array of illustrations. (Elizabeth Roberts Outdoor Photography 2005-06-00)

About the Author

Tim Fitzharris is known to many from his nature column in Popular Photography. He is the author of twenty-five books including Nature Photography, Nature Photography Hot Spots and Rocky Mountains. His nature photographs have appeared on the covers of Life, Audubon, Nature's Best and Terrre Sauvage among others. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


More About the Author

Tim Fitzharris is well known for his regular column in Popular Photography and Imaging magazine. He is the author and photographer of more than 30 books, including National Audubon Society Guide to Landscape Photography; Rocky Mountains; and Big Sky. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Customer Reviews

Great detail description.
Cyrus
There is much in this book to inspire people who are interested in natural macro and close-up photography.
Bill McLean
If you are looking for a book with a lot of nice pictures, then this would be for you.
Brian ODell

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Brian ODell on July 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a book with a lot of nice pictures, then this would be for you. If you are looking for a book to learn the technique of close up photography, this is the wrong book. The book is 80% pictures and only has very basic information on close up photography. Not a good source to learn from.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. F. Zegwaard on June 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
First the good stuff: loads of nice photo examples, with explanations.

Bad, IMO: writer talks a lot about what I'd call "faking it": combining plants yourself, chilling reptiles and amphibians in the freezer before shooting, combining photos using photoshop.

I'm not against using photoshop to remove an errant spot or branch, and combining photos or prepping subjects might work in some cases too, I'd just not call them "close-up photos in nature" anymore. Which is what I thought this book was about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B Rodgers on January 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Fitzharris puts everything you need to start in macro photography together into one book. Its not for an advanced photographer, but a great way to get started, and has a lot of real nice example photographs. Some technical parts on equipment lead off, which is helpful for macro. I can tell you from experience that figuring out macro ratios and everything else on your own can be pretty confusing. If you are looking to get started in macro this is the book for you.
Bob Rodgers
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Myers on June 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm a novice wildlife photographer and was plodding through this book hoping for some useful tips. I wasn't finding anything new until I came across this paragraph:

"A common method for photographing insects, reptiles, and amphibians is to cool them down so that they are less active before and during the shooting session. This is done by capturing the subject, placing it in a refrigerator for a short time before transferring it to a photogenic setting. Such practice seldom harms the animals provided the creature is handled gently, cooled gradually, and returned to its home as soon as possible. Naturally most animals object to the procedure (until they are cooled off) and for this reason you may prefer other photographic approaches."

I'm flabbergasted that anyone would think this is an acceptable practice, not to mention the fact it's highly unlikely I'll have a portable refrigerator capable of "cooling gradually" out in the field with me.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kent Baker on May 14, 2009
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As expected, this book is full of valuable advise and fantastic photos. I have come to expect this of all Tom Fitharris's books, and have never been dissapointed. Close up photography requies special techniques, and often equipment as well. Tim masterfully explains the techniques and expertly reccommends the required equipment needed to accomplish the task.
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By Sue Bradbury on October 3, 2013
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This is the best book of macro photography I have read, as it shows configurations of lenses and accessories for each shot. I have been taking it out from my local library for years now, so thought it was time to buy it! It also has very inspiring images in it.
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