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Understanding Close-Up Photography

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  374 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
In his sixth book, renowned photographer, popular instructor, and best-selling author Bryan Peterson challenges and inspires us to see close-up photography in new ways when we view it through his eyes. You’ve seen the dewdrops, but what about dewdrops on a bird’s wing or raindrops on a car windshield? You’ve seen the bumblebees on vibrant flowers, but what about the fluid ...more
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Published January 12th 2011 by Amphoto Books (first published March 31st 2009)
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If you've found the terminology used in closeup photography confusing, then look no further. Peterson does a great job busting many common myths. For instance he talks about the futility of VR and IS on macro lenses when used for closeup photography. Did you know that a macro lens can also be used for regular portrait shots? How do you calculate the magnification factor? What is a constant focus lens? And there are many more gems waiting in this fantastic book!
Tess Rupprecht
Jun 19, 2010 Tess Rupprecht rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have read most books of Mr. Bryan Peterson, and I must admit he is my favorite photo writers. This book caught my attention to explore the world of close up photography. As always in all of his books, Mr. Peterson always made it a point to add the camera settings for every photo in the book. His tips are very very generous and practical. Looking forward to apply the techniques learned from him.

Tess Rupprecht
Apr 19, 2010 Deodand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book answered a lot of questions I had about the close-up photographs I have been taking for many years. It straightened out the terminology in my mind. It will also help me when it becomes time for me to move to DSLR and get some proper equipment.

I don't always agree with Peterson's artistic decisions but that's a matter of taste. The text occasionally disappears into jargon but not in an excessively confusing way (as most photography books tend to do).
Dec 20, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another great work by Byran about close up photography..for those who have come to specific interests on shooting close up objects, subjects..the magnificence of blurring out background and solely focusing on the close subjects are also a fine art.
Nov 13, 2009 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really solid overview of macro and close up photography techniques, with example photographs and explanations of how to get the effects pictured. It slants a little towards Nikon, but does mention Canon in most places it counts.
Sep 13, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great book, I own a few of his other books and find his explanations easy to understand. he gives you what you need to know without complicating things needlessly. wish he did some east coast workshops!
May 14, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Bryan Peterson's books. They are practical, easy-to-understand, and lighthearted. I enjoy reading about new techniques as much as I enjoy looking at his photos used throughout his books. This book gave me some new ideas for use with my macro lens.
Aug 31, 2010 Jbgreendawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
also re-reading this one again. :) Mostly looking at the photos.
Joe Silber
Jan 22, 2014 Joe Silber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very accessible and readable. Gear and technique focused but also some creative ideas discussed
Clare Malley
Oct 19, 2013 Clare Malley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Bryan Peterson book brimming with enthusiasm.
Explains many different close up photography concepts with clarity.
Sep 04, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those into photography
Shelves: photography
Awesome book!!!
Jan 24, 2013 Jonah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book about close up and macro shots!
Laura (Madsen) McLain
Lots of good advice, and options for close-up photography that don't require an expensive macro lens.
Carlos Quijano
A good introduction to close-up and macro photography. Not too complicated and not overly obsessed with gear. There are many practical suggestions to get one started.
Nov 10, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book more of a sales catalog or coffee table book. Lots of pretty pictures with detailed captions, but not many useful tips and tricks.
Feb 05, 2013 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent macro book one of the best I have come across.
Apr 03, 2010 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michele by: Mark Corneglio
Learning more and more about close-up picture taking. I have always loved flowers, now I'm learning how to take better pictures!
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Bryan F. Peterson has been a full-time commercial photographer since 1981, shooting assignments all over the world for many of the Fortune 500 companies, including Kodak, UPS, and American Expiress. He is also a contract stock photographer for Corbis and Getty. He has been a contributing editor at Outdoor Photographer Magazine and is currently a contributing editor at Popular Photography and Imagi ...more
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