June 19th 2012 by Andrew S Gibson
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Macro and close-up photography are one of those funny areas of photography that seem quite complex and intimidating when you’re not familiar with the equipment and techniques involved. People tend to have lots of questions, such as do you need a macro lens? Or do you need to buy a special type of flash? (The answer to both is no).
The apparent complexity means that it’s easy to be put off from trying close-up and macro photography, when in reality it’s quite easy once you know how.
That’s where Up Close, the latest ebook that I’ve written for Craft & Vision, comes in. In it, I’ve set out to explain in simple terms the techniques that you can use to get up close to your subject. I’ve also set out to inspire, and filled the ebook with beautiful images so you can see what it is possible to achieve with these techniques.
Here are some of the things you will learn:
- Why you don’t need to buy an expensive macro lens to practise close-up or macro photography. You’ll learn three alternative methods of getting up close to your subject using close-up lenses, extension tubes and reverse lens macro. Each of these techniques helps you get the best out of the equipment that you already have.
- How to use wide apertures and natural light to take beautiful close-up photos. I also show a couple of flash techniques, but my favourite way of working is with diffused natural light. There’s no need to buy portable flash units, or a specialist ring flash, if you don’t want to.
- How to take beautiful close-up and macro photos without going far from your house. The beauty of close-up and macro photography is that you can find beautiful subjects close to where you live, and in your own home and garden.
Up Close also showcases the work of a couple of talented photographers, Mandy Disher and Celine Steen. You’ll be stunned by the quality of their work, the majority of which was created at or close to home, using nothing but natural light, a love for their craft and an amazing eye for a photo.
Special offer on PDFs
For the first six days only, use the promotional code CLOSE4 when you checkout to buy the PDF version of Up Close for only $US4 or use the code CLOSE20 to get 20% off when you buy five or more PDF ebooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm (PST) June 24, 2012.
Up Close Gallery
Here are some spreads from Up Close: