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Close Up Photography in Nature by John and Barbara Gerlach and published by Focal Press covers the fundamentals of close up nature photography as well as advanced photographic techniques for getting the most out of your images. It is 204 pages and discusses the challenges specific to close up photography. The Gerlachs talk about flash techniques, focus stacking strategies, and tilt-shift lenses for achieving optimal image quality. Additionally, the strategy of mixing both natural and artificial light is brought up in depth.
John and Barbara Gerlach are the founders of Gerlach Nature Photography. Their photos have been published in National Wildlife, Sierra, Natural History, Petersen's Photographic, Ranger Rick, Birder's World, Michigan Natural Resources, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, and Popular Photography as well as in books published by the National Geographic Society, Sierra Club, and Kodak.
Introduction Chapter 1: Cameras and Lenses Chapter 2: Exposure Essentials Chapter 3: Shooting Sharp Images Chapter 4: Light and Color Chapter 5: The Power of Flash Chapter 6: Photographing Flowers Chapter 7: Special Photo Techniques for Butterflies and Dragonflies Chapter 8: What's in Our Camera Bags Appendix