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Close-up on Insects: A Photographer's Guide

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    Dr. Robert Thompson(Author) Stephen Dalton(Foreword)

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Robert Thompson has spent fifteen years learning how to capture the iridescent beauty of butterflies, dragonflies and other insects on film, and in this wide-ranging volume he shares his knowledge about cameras, photographic techniques and the habits and lifestyles of a wide range of insects. Illustrated by the author's own stunning photographs, and with a foreword by world-renowned Sussex wildlife photographer Stephen Dalton, this is the definitive guide to the subject, covering three major areas: Photographic techniques; Insects in the field; Marketing your work

An accomplished wildlife photographer, naturalist and entomologist, Robert Thompson has contributed to a wide range of publications in Britain and Europe, including books, camera magazines and natural history titles such as BBC Wildlife. Based in Northern Ireland, he is national co-ordinator for the Dragonfly Ireland Project.

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  • By M. Wilkinson on 4 February 2006

    I bought this book after already having bought Robert Thompson's much newer book 'close-up and macro photography' and wanted to see more of the same. The first thing I noticed was that the pictures in this book are not as good as in the more recent volume. Not that they are bad pictures by any standard, they just arent as breathtaking as what the author has seemed to achieve in the years since. As for the information, much of it is very similar in both books, discussing the variety of close-up kit, extention tubes, macro lenses, bellows etc.I was again slightly put off by his selling of Mamiya cameras who seem to sponsor him in some way so dont look for an appraisal of many different brands.It is a good, helpful book on close-up photography but it is not half as good as his most recent book and if you have that one - you don't need this one too.

  • By P L Lochner on 30 March 2003

    From time-to-time a book is published that stands out from amongst the competition and sets new standards in its field. I think of Stephen Dalton's Caught in Motion (Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1982) and The Art of Bird Photography by Arthur Morris (Amphoto Books,19980 by way of example.Robert Thompson's Close-up on Insects (Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, 2002) falls into this category. As far as I am aware, there is no other publication in the field that approaches the production standards, the wealth of real hard and practical information and the outstanding photographs used generously to illustrated the text. The book will remain the leading publication in its field for many years to come.The chapter on equipment is finely balanced between providing relevant information and a general discourse on cameras, lenses and other equipment available on the market. Thompson is a medium format advocate and he makes out an eloquent case, corroborated by the quality of his photographs, for that system. This chapter should be read by anyone wishing to enter the field of insect and flora photography.The chapters on Close-up Equipment, Ways to increase Magnification, Working with Flash are the best expositions on these very difficult areas that I have come across in the field of nature photography. They are full of down to earth practical advice and information derived from 20 or so years of dedication to perfection.All aspects of this book can only be described in terms of superlatives. If nature and flora photography interests you, then you must have this book. Buy it.

  • By Mr. Gareth Williams on 7 April 2015

    A fine book on insect close up. Do not be put off as this is pre digital as nearly everything is relevant. How about an updated version though?

  • By Helen O'N on 2 December 2015

    Great used book thank you


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