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Macro Photography Photo Workshop

Book Description

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 Photoworkshop.com, 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Foreword
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. FIRST STEPS INTO A MACRO WORLD
    1. 1.1. WHAT IS MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY?
    2. 1.2. THE CHALLENGE OF MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY
      1. 1.2.1. FOCUS AND DEPTH OF FIELD
      2. 1.2.2. LIGHTING
      3. 1.2.3. OTHER CHALLENGES
    3. 1.3. CAN I AFFORD TO BE A MACRO PHOTOGRAPHER?
    4. 1.4. WHY ANYONE CAN TAKE GREAT MACRO PHOTOGRAPHS
    5. 1.5. TRY IT NOW
      1. 1.5.1. COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
      2. 1.5.2. DSLR CAMERAS
  8. 2. EQUIPMENT
    1. 2.1. MACRO ON A DIGITAL COMPACT CAMERA
      1. 2.1.1. CLOSE-UP FILTERS
      2. 2.1.2. ADDING LENSES TO A COMPACT CAMERA
    2. 2.2. MACRO WITH A DSLR CAMERA
      1. 2.2.1. MACRO WITHOUT BUYING ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT
      2. 2.2.2. CLOSE-UP_FILTERS
      3. 2.2.3. DEDICATED MACRO LENSES
      4. 2.2.4. TELE CONVERTERS
      5. 2.2.5. EXTENSION TUBES
      6. 2.2.6. REVERSING RINGS
      7. 2.2.7. STACKING LENSES
      8. 2.2.8. BELLOWS
    3. 2.3. FLASH AND LIGHTING
      1. 2.3.1. EXTERNAL FLASH UNITS
      2. 2.3.2. MACRO FLASH UNITS
      3. 2.3.3. REFLECTORS AND DIFFUSERS
    4. 2.4. TRIPODS
      1. 2.4.1. TRIPOD HEADS
      2. 2.4.2. FOCUSING RAILS
      3. 2.4.3. SPECIAL TRIPODS
  9. 3. LIGHTING IN MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY
    1. 3.1. WHY DO YOU NEED GOOD SIGHTING
      1. 3.1.1. LONG SHUTTER TIMES
      2. 3.1.2. VIBRATIONS AND MOVEMENT
      3. 3.1.3. SOLUTION: LIGHT — AND LOTS OF IT!
    2. 3.2. MAKING THE MOST OF NATURAL LIGHT
      1. 3.2.1. SHADE VERSUS DIRECT SUNLIGHT
      2. 3.2.2. MANAGING NATURAL LIGHT
      3. 3.2.3. BLOCKING LIGHT
      4. 3.2.4. REFLECTORS
      5. 3.2.5. DIFFUSERS
    3. 3.3. MINIMIZING VIBRATIONS
      1. 3.3.1. QUIETING YOUR SUBJECTS
      2. 3.3.2. SECURING YOUR CAMERA
      3. 3.3.3. QUELLING MOVEMENT FROM THE CAMERA
    4. 3.4. ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING
      1. 3.4.1. CONTINUOUS LIGHTING
      2. 3.4.2. INSTANTANEOUS LIGHTING
    5. 3.5. USING LIGHT TO SET THE MOOD
      1. 3.5.1. LIGHT DIRECTION
      2. 3.5.2. COLORED LIGHT
      3. 3.5.3. LIGHTING THE BACKGROUND
    6. 3.6. WHITE BALANCE
  10. 4. THE MACRO IN EVERYDAY OBJECTS
    1. 4.1. A DIFFERENT WAY OF LOOKING AT THE WORLD
      1. 4.1.1. THERE ARE MACRO OPPORTUNITIES EVERYWHERE
      2. 4.1.2. EXPLORING THE WORLD AROUND YOU
    2. 4.2. ACTION MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY
      1. 4.2.1. FALLING DROPLETS
      2. 4.2.2. BURNING MATCHES
    3. 4.3. PHOTOGRAPHING SHINY OBJECTS
      1. 4.3.1. LIGHTING
      2. 4.3.2. REFLECTIONS
  11. 5. FLOWERS
    1. 5.1. CHALLENGES WHEN PHOTOGRAPHING OUTDOORS
      1. 5.1.1. LIGHTING
      2. 5.1.2. WIND AND WEATHER
      3. 5.1.3. CHOOSING A BACKGROUND
      4. 5.1.4. COMPOSITION
    2. 5.2. SELECTING FLOWERS TO PHOTOGRAPH
      1. 5.2.1. WILDFLOWERS
      2. 5.2.2. BUYING FLOWERS
      3. 5.2.3. FLOWER SHOWS
    3. 5.3. WORKING WITH DEPTH OF FIELd
      1. 5.3.1. WHAT IS DEPTH OF FIELD?
      2. 5.3.2. WORKING WITH SHALLOW DOF
      3. 5.3.3. PARALLELING YOUR SUBJECTS
    4. 5.4. LIGHTING TECHNIQUES
      1. 5.4.1. NATURAL LIGHT
      2. 5.4.2. REFLECTORS
      3. 5.4.3. FLASH
      4. 5.4.4. FILL FLASH
      5. 5.4.5. BACKLIGHTING
      6. 5.4.6. POLARIZER FILTERS
  12. 6. TEXTURES
    1. 6.1. WHAT ARE TEXTURES?
    2. 6.2. PUTTING TEXTURES INTO CONTEXT
    3. 6.3. PHOTOGRAPHING TEXTURES
    4. 6.4. LIGHTING CONSIDERATIONS
    5. 6.5. COMPOSTITION
    6. 6.6. IDEAS FOR TEXTURES WORTH TRYING
  13. 7. INSECTS
    1. 7.1. PHOTOGRAPHING INSECTS
    2. 7.2. APPROACHING INSECTS
    3. 7.3. WORKING WITH INSECTS IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT
      1. 7.3.1. HERDING INSECTS
      2. 7.3.2. BUILD AN INSECT STUDIO
    4. 7.4. MOVING SUBJECTS AND SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD
    5. 7.5. PHOTOGRAPHING INSECTS IN FLIGHT
  14. 8. ABSTRACTS
    1. 8.1. EXPLORING COLORS
    2. 8.2. USING SELECTIVE FOCUS FOR ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
    3. 8.3. INTRODUCING GRAIN
    4. 8.4. PAINTING WITH LIGHT
    5. 8.5. EMPHASIZING OBSCURE DETAILS
    6. 8.6. TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT MAGAZINES
  15. 9. PEOPLE
    1. 9.1. TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT EYES
      1. 9.1.1. TAKING PHOTOS OF EYES
      2. 9.1.2. RED-EYE EFFECT
    2. 9.2. MACRO-INSPIRED PORTRAITURE
      1. 9.2.1. MACRO-PHOTOGRAPHING YOURSELF
      2. 9.2.2. UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH YOUR MODELS
      3. 9.2.3. ADD SOME HUMOR
  16. 10. THE DIGITAL DARKROOM
    1. 10.1. BUILDING A DIGITAL DARKROOM
      1. 10.1.1. YOUR COMPUTER
      2. 10.1.2. YOUR SOFTWARE
    2. 10.2. UNDERSTANDING WHAT ALL THE BUTTONS DO
      1. 10.2.1. BASIC TOOLS
      2. 10.2.2. SELECTION TOOLS
      3. 10.2.3. ADDING AND REMOVING STUFF
    3. 10.3. FIXING COMMON ISSUES IN MACRO PHOTOS
      1. 10.3.1. EXPOSURE
      2. 10.3.2. CONTRAST
      3. 10.3.3. WHITE BALANCE AND COLOR TINTS
      4. 10.3.4. SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD
      5. 10.3.5. RETOUCHING IMAGES
    4. 10.4. PHOTOGRAPHING IN RAW FORMAT
    5. 10.5. USING HIGH-LEVEL DIGITAL EDITING TECHNIQUES
  17. A. INTERNET RESOURCES
    1. A.1. Photography communities
      1. A.1.1. PHOTO.NET
      2. A.1.2. PHOTOWORKSHOP.COM
      3. A.1.3. FLICKR
      4. A.1.4. DEVIANTART
      5. A.1.5. PHOTOSIG
      6. A.1.6. DIGITAL PHOTO CHALLENGE
    2. A.2. LEARNING MORE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY
      1. A.2.1. STROBIST
      2. A.2.2. EXPOSURE
      3. A.2.3. FOUND PHOTOGRAPHY
      4. A.2.4. MATT GREER PHOTOGRAPHY
      5. A.2.5. PHOTOJOJO
      6. A.2.6. PHOTOCRITIC.ORG
    3. A.3. STAYING CURRENT
      1. A.3.1. DIGITAL PHOTO REVIEW
      2. A.3.2. PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG
      3. A.3.3. LIVINGROOM PHOTO BLOG
  18. B. CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS
    1. B.1. ANNA BADLEY
    2. B.2. DANIELA BOWKER
    3. B.3. KATHARINA BUTZ
    4. B.4. MATTHIEU COLLOMP
    5. B.5. MIHA GROBOVSEK
    6. B.6. JASMIN JUNGER
    7. B.7. AMY LANE
    8. B.8. CHRIS NERING
    9. B.9. HILARY QUINN
    10. B.10. ALLAN TEGER
  19. GLOSSARY