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A Totally Biased Close-Up and Macro Photography Book: Secrets of a working pro that anyone can use, part 1 [Kindle Edition]

Rob Sheppard
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Rob Sheppard put this book together to give you solid information about shooting close-ups, yet not require you to spend days reading in order to use it. In this e-book, Sheppard helps you become a better close-up photographer and not simply throw a lot of information at you that is hard to take in and use.

Sheppard knows what that is like. He says he spent years trying to learn as much as he could about photography, always afraid of missing the one vital link needed to be a “really good Photographer.” He discovered that such a link is elusive ... and it doesn’t exist. It is like the search for the Holy Grail, a noble quest, but something that wastes a lot of time. So, Sheppard took all of those good and bad ideas rattling around in his head and just gives you the good ones. These are ideas based on real experience, Sheppard's long-time experience as a professional nature photographer. Sheppard offers you techniques that he knows really work and can help you become a better close-up photographer. Plus you will see real-world examples of all sorts of subjects in close-up and macro compositions.

Topics covered include gear for getting close -- what do you really need? Why both telephotos and wide-angles are important for close-ups and how to use them. How to work a subject to get better shots. How the angle you are to a subject affects how the viewer relates to that subject. The many types of light that can make a close-up better with ideas on their use. And more.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2711 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (October 31, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065RAAL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good concise information April 3, 2012
I'm surprised by all the bad reviews this book has received. The only cons I can mention are some typo's, (Which are present in every e-book I own) and that, being an e-book, its a little choppy in regards to photos being next to their captions, etc. It does however, fulfill the objective of providing the "Short and sweet" of the information you'll need to get started with macro and close up photography. I'm experienced with macro and close up photography, and I still found the book to be benefitial. I can also see how it would come in handy for a quick reminder while out in the field - which is easily be done on a smart phone. Much of what's missing are details learned through practice, and the information in this book can enable you to get out there right away and start practicing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOME REALLY GREAT MACRO PHOTOGRAPHS March 20, 2012
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I don't find much by way of verbal instruction in this e-book. The message seems to be something like "This is what I do, now do your own thing." The author is a master of macro. He endeavors to help photographers to see THE SAME WAY as he sees, but then to develop their own styles. He is like like the title, Totally Biased. And his promised secrets are not in his words, they are in his photographs. Look at his photographs, the light, the composition, the colors, the contrasts, the details. The author tells us what we cannot see and need to know. That should be enough.

If Vincent Van Gough had wanted to help other artists, what do you suppose he would have to say?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Resources July 1, 2014
By rey
I started macro photography a few years ago, and there are much more helpful resources than this book. If you are into arthropod photography, then I suggest checking out [...]. Search online and read some articles. You can use the money you would've spent on this book to purchase some light equipment. Hope I helped :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to Macro April 12, 2013
By J. Lang
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It's a great intro to macro and easily available on my iPhone. Just starting with Macro and need help and this is a BIG help. The only complaint is it repeats much of the info.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review March 15, 2013
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A very good book. Well written on the subject. This book is good for people that are getting into or are into this type of subject a little. If you are an expert or a pro on this subject then there will not be very many books to teach you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - Just Pictures are too small March 4, 2013
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Excellent coverage on the close-up/macro topic. Just the pistures on digital version are very small for a book which deals with photography technique.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A totally honest review of this "totally biased...book" January 12, 2013
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Like other reviewers, I've read lots of Sheppard's work, admired his photos. But this book is, to me, a major bust. There are surprisingly few photos in this (albeit short) book, and of them surprisingly few I'd consider worth displaying anywhere were they my own. Sheppard offers some good ideas about macro and general closeup photography, but treats such disparate approaches as lens-front diopters and extension tubes as having equal simplicity of use (and understanding of use) to the relative newcomer. For example, it's easy to buy a decent diopter (or set) and screw it on the front of a lens, and with any reasonable and reasonably modern AF/AE DSLR get some nice results right away. The reader may think it's just as easy to do the same with extension tubes (because Sheppard seems to describe that approach that way), but unless you know which features to buy (or go full manual in terms of focus, exposure, and exposure compensation), it's more than a wee bit more complicated.

Even for the meager $4 or so for the e-book, I wouldn't recommend this book to the newbie, who might be misled, or to the more experienced amateur who probably won't learn anything new.
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