Focus On Close-Up and Macro Photography (Focus On series): Focus on the Fundamentals

Taylor & Francis
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Want to get the best out of your digital camera? Not quite sure how to capture up-close shots? Want easy to follow, expert advice on the best ways to creatively capture macro shots you can be proud of?

This is your ticket to go beyond a snapshot to create a fine art print that you'll be so proud of. Macro and close-up photography involves a unique skill set in terms of exposure, lighting, and of course, composition in particular. You can take a quick photo of a sunflower in your back yard that will look mundane and typical OR you could learn how to take a picture of just a part of it-up close-and create a work of art. Let this book be your guide!
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About the author

Clive Branson is a photography graduate from New York City's Parsons School of Design. Clive has extensive experience as an Art Director, Creative Director, Senior Copywriter, and Photographer. He presently runs his own ad agency with clients throughout the world. His work has been exhibited on 5th Avenue as well as aired on WPBS-TV. His photography has been featured in many places, including Pro Digital Imaging, Bonjour Paris, The National Drug Comission, Photo Guide Magazine, and even on a commemorative Canada Post stamp, just to name a few. Clive lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. To see more of his work, log on to his website at www.provocadv.com.
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
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Published on
Sep 10, 2012
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Pages
160
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ISBN
9781136108617
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Language
English
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Genres
Photography / Techniques / Digital
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This content is DRM protected.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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