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Close-Up and Macro Photography

Book Description

In this exhaustive guide to macro photography, respected author and Photographer Adrian Davies takes a comprehensive approach to the subject, covering every aspect of the multi-faceted and often complicated world of close-up Photography.

Everything about Adrian's approach is both practical and diverse, with optimal output always in mind. His coverage of equipment, for example, goes beyond cameras to cover the application of flatbed and film scanners for close-up shots (2D, 3D, reflective and translucent subjects).

Seperate sections cover cameras and equipment, lenses, lighting, workflow and image processing. Additionally, a seperate section on 'special subjects' covers techniques for shooting both common macro subjects (including insects, fossils and coins), as well as a range of technical elements such as shiny surfaces, texture, and polarised light. The appendix includes a technical discussion on depth of field, including detailed tables, and a range of optical formulae.

Clear, concise and comprehensive, and packed with stunning images, this is a must-have purchase for all photographers looking for professional quality macro results.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Close-Up and Macro Photography
  3. Full Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Gallery
  6. Contents
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Web Site
  9. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. Definitions
    2. Reproduction Ratios
  10. Chapter 2: Image Capture
    1. Digital Cameras
    2. Compact Cameras
    3. Prosumer, or “Bridge,” SLRs
    4. Interchangeable-Lens DSLRs
    5. Camera Features and Settings
      1. Quality
      2. Image File Formats
      3. Back Viewing Screen
      4. Viewfinders
      5. Depth-of-Field Preview
      6. Releasing the Shutter
      7. Exposure Modes
      8. Scene Modes
      9. ISO
      10. Exposure Metering
      11. Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)
      12. Through-the-Lens Flash
      13. White Balance
      14. Memory Cards
      15. Digital Backs
      16. Image Sensors
    6. Resolution and Sensor Size
    7. Effect of Sensor Size on Focal Length
    8. Scanners as Close-up and Macro Cameras
      1. Reflected Light
      2. Transparent/Translucent Specimens
      3. Double Scanning
      4. Film Scanners
      5. Scanner Operation
      6. Image Enhancement
  11. Chapter 3: Lenses
    1. Focal Length and Sensor Size
    2. Focusing
      1. Autofocus
      2. Close-Up Supplementary Lenses
      3. Strength
    3. Magnification through Extension
      1. Extension Tubes
      2. Extension Bellows
      3. Exposure Compensation with Tubes and Bellows
    4. Reversing Lenses
    5. Macro Lenses
      1. Canon MP-E65 Macro Lens
      2. Wide-Angle Lens
      3. Standard Lens
      4. Telephoto Lens
      5. Zoom Lens
      6. Teleconverters
      7. Other Lens Types
      8. Perspective Control (Tilt and Shift) Lenses
      9. Stacking Lenses
    6. Depth of Field
      1. Definition
      2. Circle of Confusion
      3. Diffraction
      4. Bokeh
      5. Blurring a Background
      6. Summary
      7. Stacking Images to Increase Depth of Field
      8. Stacking Software
  12. Chapter 4: Camera Supports
    1. Tripods
    2. Monopods
    3. Tripod Heads
    4. Focusing Rail
    5. Bean Bag
    6. Remote Release
  13. Chapter 5: Lighting
    1. Daylight
    2. Continuous Light Sources
    3. Subject Brightness Range
      1. Reflectors
      2. Diffusers
      3. Flash
      4. Flash with Daylight
      5. Ring Flash
      6. Specialist Macro Flash Units
      7. Custom-Made Flash Brackets
      8. Fiber-Optic Light Source
      9. Light Box
    4. Special Lighting Techniques
      1. Tent Lighting
      2. Dark-Field Lighting
      3. Short-Duration Events
  14. Chapter 6: The Macro Studio
    1. Subject Supports
    2. Copy Stands
    3. Backgrounds
    4. Lighting
    5. Health and Safety
  15. Chapter 7: Workflow and Image Processing
    1. Workflow
    2. Camera Settings
    3. Histogram
    4. RAW or JPEG?
    5. Storage and Keywording
    6. Color Management
    7. Output
      1. Ink-Jet Prints
      2. Photomechanical Reproduction
      3. Web, PowerPoint, Screen Display
      4. Stock Library
      5. Sharpening
  16. Chapter 8: Subject Gallery
    1. Record Photography
    2. Polarized Light
    3. Time-Based Events and Sequences
    4. Aquatic Subjects
    5. Abstracts
  17. Resources
  18. Glossary
  19. Gallery
  20. Index