Item description for Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop and Macro Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher...
Close-up photography is one of the most fascinating areas in photography. This illustrated guide will take the reader on a journey into the wonderful world of small, smaller, and smallest objects and show him how he can capture their beauty with photographic images. Each step of the way will be carefully explained; how to choose the right equipment, how to use ambient light or create artificial lighting, and how to conceptualize and frame the perfect shot.
Whereas the nature photographer is exploring facets and structures in his environment, the "table top photographer" is trying to shoot a small object, a product, or a small treasure for display on the web (e.g., eBay) or in print. Here, the choice of the appropriate lighting and backdrop, and the creative use of the camera's features are key to a perfect image.
Cyrill Harnischmacher explains all aspects of close-up shooting for both inside the studio, as well as outdoors. This book is filled with beautifully illustrated examples and detailed instructions on how to set up a system and workflow for successful close-up photography.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date May 4, 2007
Publisher Rocky Nook
ISBN 1933952091 ISBN13 9781933952093
Availability 0 units.
More About Cyrill Harnischmacher
Cyrill Harnischmacher is a photographer and designer who lives and works in southern Germany. His first book lowbudgetshooting won him the prestigious Fotobuch-award of the German Booksellers Association in 2005. Cyrill is a studio photographer by profession and a nature and infrared photographer by passion. Cyrill has authored four beautiful, accessible, and successful books published by Rocky Nook. Earlier titles include Low Budget Shooting, Closeup Shooting, Digital Infrared Photography and The Wild Side of Photography.
Reviews - What do customers think about Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop and Macro Photography?
Not Close, Definitely No Cigar Sep 9, 2008
Not remotely worth the cost. Far too few images. Many images are very average. Not remotely enough detail or examples in the technical discussion. Boring. I'm amazed others find this book so impressive.
If you want a serious introduction to shooting macro photography, read John Shaw's Close Ups In Nature. It's a classic. Even though it was written before digital, you'll learn from a master. And the basics apply directly to digital. And look for titles by Tim Fitzharris and George Lepp and other true masters of the art.
With the vast number of good photography books available that are devoted to or include discussion of macro photography, I'd put this one way down on the priority reading list.
Exciting Jun 6, 2008
Exciting and inspiring. This book contains many exciting closeup photos and also has clear photographs with text that help the reader to achieve similar results. Written and illustrated by a famous photographer, "Closeup Shooting" is a must have for all aspiring macro photographers.
Magnificas fotografias Apr 9, 2008
Buen y serio trabajo con algunas fotos realmente magnificas. Profundiza mas que otras obras similares en aspectos técnicos sin olvidar darle también ese leve toque tecnico a aquellos capitulos que tratan temas mas basicos e introductorios. Resulta facil y agradable de leer al no tratarse de de un tratado cientifico-técnico sobre macrofotografia. Interesante y recomendable para aficionados y amateurs.
Inspiring and practical Mar 15, 2008
Some guides simply brag of the authors experience, others throw technical terms, shutter speeds and f-stops at the reader. A good guide should be wonderfully assembled to teach and inspire without arrogance. This book does that, providing a wonderful resource that even experienced photographers can learn from. Stunning photos and explanations inspire and teach. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to make their photos the best they can be.
Excellent Book for the Budget-Constrained Jan 14, 2008
Closeup Shooting is filled with excellent advice for beginning photographers wanting to do close-up photography. Harnischmacher clearly explains the various types of close-up photography, ranging from 1:2 to about 6:1 image magnification. Unlike many photography writers, he seems to be aware that most of his readers are amateurs and do not have unlimited equipment budgets, so he takes care to show what can be done with limited or inexpensive equipment.
The text and illustrating photos are consistently on the same page or on facing pages. The graphic layout of the book is quite appealing. Each chapter opens with a full-page 3x3 grid on which there are about 9 close-up photos, typically of camera equipment. Each facing page within the chapter typically has a couple photos to accompany the descriptive text, and a larger photo whose technical aspects are clearly explained.
The section I found most useful was near the end. In it, Harnischmacher describes and diagrams the lighting used on a series of subjects. Each diagram shows the placement of the camera, the subject, each of the lights and their coverage, and any screens or reflectors that were used. Most books, even those whose main topic is lighting, don't use this simple but highly effective way of visualizing the lighting setup.