A Photography Book Review By Jerry Mendelsberg

The book is

The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography 1st Edition

The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography 1st Edition

by  Cyrill Harnischmacher

Here is Jerry’s Review

The first thing I noticed when I received this book was how nicely it was put together. The binding seemed strong, the front and back covers have extension flaps which can be used as book marks, the pages were silky smooth and the printing was clear. Then I started to look through it, reading random parts and looking at the pictures. Right away I was a happy camper.
The various topics are clearly marked. The pictures are simply fantastic. They are large, clear, sharp, and well explained as to equipment and technique used and relevance to the accompanying text. Now for the subject matter. Actually this book covers and explains a lot more than just macro and close up photography. It does start off in that area. There is an excellent discussion of equipment needed. There is a fairly in depth analysis of lenses, reversing rings, lighting , other gizmos and gadgets needed etc. One of the things I had not used in a long time were close up filters. I got an old one out and was happily surprised by the results. The discussion of filters, lenses, tripods, remotes, shooting techniques, etc is relevant to all areas of photography.
I personally am not interested in and do not do studio photography at all, but did read the sections on those areas, and found them interesting. Maybe someday I’ll try some of the ideas. The chapters on special techniques ( HDR, focus stacking, panoramas, etc). are very informative, easy to follow, well illustrated and certainly relevant to many aspects of the photography world. The will be useful to all levels of photographers in many common experiences.
The rest of this book is equally interesting. There is so much more to it. For instance the part about shooting at a zoo or botanical garden discusses a lot of the issues we face when we go to those places.For beginners the discussion is a good introduction and for advanced shooters it is a good review.
There is a lot more to this book than the title implies. It would be a welcome addition to the library of any photographer. It is well worth the price.

 

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