and the use of macros rounds off this
This book, John Shaw's Landscape Photography, and 'Nature Photographer's
Complete Guide to Professional Field Techniques' make it a must-have for
any budding as well as experienced photographer.
If you have read some of his other books (like the ones I mention above)
you may find some concepts being repeated, but they are so essential to
good photography that they are well worth being read and re-read.
Go ahead, beg, borrow, or buy this book. (No, do not steal :) ________________________________________________________________
Classic.. but needs revision, March 9, 2006
Reviewer: Taek J. Choi
This is an excellent book.. if you still use equipment that you have
purchase during early 80's. Although the same photographic principles
apply, this book can definitely benefit from some major revisions.
Very Good Book, June 7, 2005
Reviewer: Pramod Panasa "kumarpp"
This book is very good for Beginners to Intermediate Level Photo
Enthusiasts. It has couple of tips and examples which the reader has to
grasp and note down till they start using it and make familiar with it.
Overall a Great Book for the price with pictures, explanation, Shutter
Speed and Aperture values. Lot of new photography students wonder hey how
did you get this picture ? What shutter speed and Aperture did you use ?
The book indirectly gives you all the answers. Spend time reading it (no
Rush) and you will explore new techniques which you can practically use
and implement. I Recommend this book
Out of date - too little advice on technique, November 1, 2004
Reviewer: Roland Wooster
This book is from 1987, I briefly read the reviews saying that it wasn't
in the digital era, OK I figured that's fine, how out of date could it be?
However, I didn't expect that so much of the book would be dedicated to
functionality that's now fully automatic, such as TTL Flash, and TTL
It's certainly a very interesting technical read, that provided me with an
understanding of all the different macro options, lenses, filters,
extensions, TC's, reversing rings, bellows, reverse mount adapters, lens
stacking, etc. However, it wasn't for me.
I was after something that would show technique, or provide advice on
how/where to find the shots he was taking, but the book doesn't cover that
at all, to my dismay the book starts with the author writing "it always
surprises me that folks find it hard to find subjects" but then provides
no advice. After having bought a 60mm Micro lens I was hopeful this would
provide direction, but other than "I probably should have bought the 105mm
lens" I didn't get any direction from it.
Great macro/closeup techniques, but a little outdated, September 4,
Reviewer: Wenyao Ho "wenyao"
John Shaw explains many good techniques for closeup nature photography,
which are applicable even in today's digital world. However, this is still
a book from the film-era, so anything relatively recent or digital (e.g.
magnification ratios for digital cropped sensors, advancements in AF
technology, change in lens lineup, etc) is not covered. It is perhaps due
for a quick revision to bring it up to date to today's cameras. Also, the
photos in this book are good, but perhaps not as striking as the photos in
his other book, Nature Photography Field Guide.
Comprehensive, informative and readable, May 4, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
I found this to a great book for the budding close-up photographer. First,
it is very comprehensive, covering all areas of macro know-how in enough
detail to get you going. It takes you through, step-by-step how to control
your macrophotography to achieve various effects, with lots of sage and
practical advice along the way. As other reviewers have noted, his writing
is incredibly clear and easy-to-read. I found his explanations to be very
intuitive, and several times whilst reading I thought "yeah, but what
about...", and, boom, there was the answer in the next paragraph.
Impressive. Some suggestion its getting out of date, but really (aside
from some equipment examples, which are precisely that anyway) this stuff
doesn't get out of date. Its written for film photography, but even if
you're doing digital macro, the majority of this book (exposure,tripod
use, flash, framing, background control, etc, etc) is still equally
relevant. Gripes? Hard on the credit card - I know I need a decent tripod
each time I refer to it (and a new lens, and a...)! And spending too much
time reading it rather than taking the bloody photos! Its really good.
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