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John Shaw's Closeups in Nature Paperback – September 1, 1987
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There's more than one way to shoot a frog, as Shaw demonstrates in this splendid book, a thorough course in practical field techniques for closeup photography using a 35mm single-lens reflex camera. Although hobbyists who want to capture the flowers in their garden can glean ideas for composition or the best time of day to photograph, this detailed work is intended primarily for the serious amateur or professional. Success in closeup photography, Shaw maintains, depends on control, and he advocates meticulous experimenting and testing of equipment and supplies before one attempts to photograph in the quickly changing, unpredictable conditions of the field. Shaw (The Nature Photographer's Complete Guide to Professional Field Techniques) is an excellent teacher, establishing a common vocabulary with the reader, presenting lavishly illustrated new material that builds on previous knowledge, repeating important concepts and techniques for emphasis. He believes that technical competence frees the photographer to concentrate on esthetics, and his inspiring pictures are beautiful artworkfields of flowers that evoke impressionist paintings, delicate dogwood blossoms reminiscent of Oriental designs, rare glimpses of snowflakes or raindrops on a yew needle. Photography Book Club main selection.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
John Shaw is one of the world's leading nature photographers and the author of many enduring bestselling books. His photographs are frequently featured in National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, Natural History, Sierra, and Audubon magazines, as well as in calendars, books, and advertisements. He lives in Colorado Springs.
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It's true - at least for most photographers - that film is no longer the image capture medium of choice and that Shaw's pages on film and reciprocity failure are of concern only to those who continue to shoot "real raw". The rest of the book, however, is as relevant today as it was on its publication date.
What it lacks is specific information and recommendations on matters that are unique to digital or to modern lens technology: crop vs. full-frame sensors; advantages / disadvantages of high ISO; image stabilization.
But this is a fine book written by a master of the craft. Not his best work. But still very good. It discusses the techniques needed for dealing with the unique challenges and artistry of close-up / macro photography.
It's a particularly "good deal" given the price one pays for a "used" copy.
If you want a basic how-to book, if you want to know how to do closeup and macro photograhy without spending big bucks, this one is for you. For more on the creative and compositional side I would suggest Bryan Petersons 'understanding closeup photography'.
There are other books with better insect pictures by specialists, but this book offers the best explanations.
Too bad it is out of print.