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Extreme Close-Up Photography and Focus Stacking

By Julian Cremona

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ISBN: 9781847977199
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 18/04/2014
PAGES: 176
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 219 colour photographs

This practical book explains what is meant by macro photography and how to get even closer to your subject: not just a close-up of a butterfly, but details of the eye and wing scales. Techniques suited to any budget look at ways to photograph virtually any creature, whether terrestrial, marine or from freshwater. All the key elements to achieve extreme close-ups are built in a clear way, for both outdoor and studio use, and special attention is given to focus stacking, with both software and further enhancements covered.


  • Explains the equipment and techniques needed to gain extreme close-ups
  • Advises on different lighting and support equipment, including the practicalities of tanks and aquatic organisms
  • Suggests how to achieve sharpness, detail and ultimate depth of field
  • Covers all aspects of focus stacking with ideas for improvement
  • Step-by-step examples cover a wide range of wildlife

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" If you've been tempted to get into ultra-close-up photography but for whatever reason have put off the move, this is the guide to introduce the subject. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Atropos

" Giant book highly recommended for anyone who wants to have a clear explanation on a lot of subjects. Many books (I mean written in French language, as I am a French man) are based on self-congratulations thanks to a photo galery.This one : no! It gives real technical explanations! As a French, I can say to those who do not read English as they would have wished that the texts are really easy to understand! Congratulation to you, Julian! Thank you Crowood Press! En clair, contrairement e beaucoup de livres ecrits en francais, il ne s'agit pas seulement que d'une exposition dans laquelle on s'auto-felicite de la beaute de ses photographies, mais bel et bien d'une oeuvre tres bien concue et magnifiquement redigee, dans laquelle on trouve une foule d'idees applicables sans probleme. Les francophones qui lisent l'anglais avec une certaine aisance et sans etre agregee de langue anglaise pour autant, peuvent se lancer dans cet achat qui sera un excellent investissement (d'autant que le prix est e la hauteur de l'attente). Uk friends ; amis francais : n'hesitez pas ! Kind regards ; Meilleures salutations. "
Review Type: Customer
Posted By: Philippe F. Cordier-Bessac

" For many years, when using film, I attempted to obtain extreme close-ups of parts of insects and flowers, using cheap secondhand equipment, and although the results were often eye-catching, depth of field and resolution limitations were major distractions. In this excellent book, Julian shows us how to obtain brilliant results using not only both specialised (and often very expensive) equipment but also the sort of kit which might well be lurking in a desk drawer, left over from film camera days.
The advent of focus stacking has overcome the serious depth of field limitations in single images, and the book gives detailed information on technique, hardware and software.
A series of eight projects is illustrated at the end of the book, with emphasis on the importance of understanding the subject.
I have greatly enjoyed reading this book and will return to it again and again for help. I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone thinking of moving into the fascinating world of extreme close-up photography.
John Bebbington FRPS "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Iris

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