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Macro Photography Photo Workshop [Paperback]

by Haje Jan Kamps
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Book Description

July 2, 2007 0470118768 978-0470118764 1
Special techniques for creating unique, artistic, close-up images

Macro, or close-up, photography is gaining popularity, and this book covers all of the challenges associated with taking great close-ups: depth of field, focus, and exposure. Copublished with, a leading online educational resource for both beginning and professional photographers, this task-oriented reference allows readers to learn by doing and offers outstanding examples and instructions.

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From the Back Cover

Focus on the incredible world all around you

Fabric textures. A beetle's wing. A hood ornament. Dew shimmering on a petal. With this essential book, you'll learn to make magnificent photos of little things and small portions of bigger things. Discover what equipment you'll need and how to achieve amazing effects with lighting and depth of field. Test your new-found skills by completing the assignments in each chapter and get feedback at You'll develop a new view of life's small wonders.

  • Explore your camera's functionality and optional lenses
  • Experiment with natural light, reflectors, and flash units

  • Recognize macro opportunities in everyday surroundings

  • Discover the fun of the "20-step challenge"

  • Fix common macro problems with digital editing and apply creative effects

About the Author

HAJE JAN KAMPS has been a freelance writer and photographer as well as an editor. In addition to his popular do-it-yourself photography blog,, Haje is known for creative inventions such as the macro extension tube he made from a Pringles can.

Product Details

  • Series: Photo Workshop (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470118768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470118764
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Beginner Macro Photographer April 11, 2008
As a beginner in Macro Photography, I found this book useful. It was thorough starting at the beginning by describing what macro photography is and the various pieces of equipment needed. The author then moves into more technical information such as lighting and depth of field. In his photos, he fully describes which camera was used, which lens, f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO, and additional information. At the end of each chapter he gives an "assignment" and encourages you to post your photo on a particular web site.
He goes beyond the most obvious macro subjects of flowers and insects. He covers everyday objects, beauty of textures, abstracts, and people.The book is filled with many photos to learn from.
I like the fact that it was not written so technically that I could not understand it. It was easy reading.Highly recommended for the beginner who wants to learn about macro photographer.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Especially recommended as a supplemental classroom text February 6, 2008
By concentrating on small images and texture representation a photographer's overall approach and finished results can appear more professional. MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO WORKSHOP is thus an outstanding title not just for working macro photographers seeking to improve their results, but for any looking to understand macro images in everyday surroundings, and use the latest camera devices to capture the best shots. From common macro problems and digital editing techniques to shooting insects, flowers and more, MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO WORKSHOP is especially recommended as a supplemental classroom text for any photographer moving beyond the beginner levels.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Macro Photography

reviewed by Dr. Eric Flescher, Olathe, KS:
Publisher: Wiley
Pages: 253
$30 USB
36 Canada
20 UK

Strengths: Magnificent layout makes the book easy to read. Superb general examples of photography, close-ups, large screen shots and (photoshop) screen well done. The author has included many insightful ways of looking and dealing with Macro Photography as well as photography in general. Breadth and depth covered in excellent fashion. This book is Intuitively written and easy to understand.

Weaknesses: This is not a tutorials guide per sey. You have to "digest " the readings slowly step by step like a textbook. The tutorials are learned through these worthwhile readings. If you want a quick guide is not for you (but you will miss a great book!).

Novice/ Intermediate/ Advanced


Most of my photography has been with nature, sky and other worldly objects, using telephoto, regular or other lenses. Lately however I have seen objects such as spiders, plants and other objects that show objects close up. Having dabbled in taking close-up pictures of spiders, flowers, moths and more, I thought it lucky i that a book called Macro Photography appeared at the right time when I was searching for further information about creating better close-up photographs. And this is why I was happy about finding it.

The author, a freelance writer, has a popular photography blog and is known for his creativity and work with hardware. He also has a good way of using words and I found that his ideas and ways he communicated them within the tutorials and more, a great read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good for the novice and average photographer May 27, 2008
I am a novice in macro photography, having been exposed only to medical/dental close-up photography in the past. The author has been kind enough to keep the text less technical and geared more to the novice to average photographer. The examples are annotated with the source and equipment used. He provides tips, cross-references with each new chapter, and has `assignments' that allows one to practice what was read. At the conclusion of the book he provides websites to allow you to see what others have to offer. I recommend this book for both the novice and the average photographer as an excellent resource.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Macro Photography October 18, 2007
I enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover the day it arrived and found it to be an excellent, up to date reference for anyone intending to enter the wonderful world of macro photography.
The author takes the reader through all the important basics including equipment selection, lighting and subject matter. The subjects are explained in detail which is both easy to read and practical in its application. The text is complimented with photographs which are fine examples of the macro technique. The photographs cover many areas of the macro art form and are sure to give inspiration.
A very useful guide particularly for those about to purchase macro equipment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Macro! October 16, 2009
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You don't have to mortgage your home to buy a ton of the latest and greatest tech toys to do macro! At least, that's the first message I go from this very kind and informative author. Right off the bat, he points out lots of things you can do with a point-and-shoot (I have one, and immediately tried some of his suggestions.)Going on, I broke out my DSLR and added a small amount to my inventory of accessories and got intrigued by some of the more demanding stuff, and was very pleased. He takes the reader along at a reasonable pace, not too fast for a beginner, but won't bore the more advanced, by any means. Always wanted to do macros, but, between portraits and scenic, I never got around to it. Glad I bought this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very informative
For someone like me, just getting into macro photography, this book is a treasure trove of information. I'll probably never use a lot of it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Format For Learning
I liked this's just bulky as a quick-reference, so needs to be done at home and left there, for the most part. It's got a good format for learning and is easy to use.
Published 9 months ago by Karen R. Katz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Macro Books
I have purchased several of the macro books out there and really like this series of book. I have been using the book with my new Tamron 90mm macro lens and have been getting some... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Anke
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a review or a novice
This is a good read for a novice or a review of macro-photography. One of the hazards of "macro" is the short focal length. There are two ways to treat this handicap. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Flicker
5.0 out of 5 stars Improve your Macro
I really enjoy Macro Photography and this book has helped me to understand more about what I find to be fun. You should too.
Published 21 months ago by W. F. Lehman
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, I guess....
This book could have been better. I bought the book to learn macro techniques, as opposed to general photography. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by J. Voaden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Great book! I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn the art of Macro Photography. It is an easy read, good info for the advanced, but not so techy that the beginner could not... Read more
Published on December 3, 2010 by Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for jumping in to macro photography!
A nice book for getting into macro photography. Great for beginners. Interesting text and photos.
Don't forget..... Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by D. Carrington
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good overview of digital macro photo
Book takes you from marcro novice to any desired level. Loaded with great ideas and hints. A lot to learn and a lot to digest. Would buy again.
Published on June 3, 2010 by Hubert C. Chaney Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Macro photography
This is a very helpful, informative book. I have not done much macro photography, and this book made it fun to try. Read more
Published on July 4, 2008 by Gayle Gahn
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