If you are making your lists for books from Santa Claus – or you just buy them because, like me, you love good books, then here is one for your  lists: Robert Thompson’s “Close-up and Macro PHOTOGRAPHY. Its Art and Fieldcraft Techniques If you type ‘close-up’ or ‘macro’ or both into Amazon’s search facility then a range of titles comes up. A few are worth buying but some of them are clearly written to ‘fill a gap’ in a publisher’s list. Specialist photographic books can, all too often, …

  By  Paul Harcourt Davies © 2014 The saga continues with further thoughts, ramblings and homilies on a great 105mm macro lens in particular… and macro lenses in general. This lens makes a great companion for the Nikon Macro speedlight R1C1 that will be covered  in detail in a forthcoming post. Part 1 can be read here. What about using autofocus at close distances? In general, I have found it better to dispense with AF altogether when working at the closest limits of a macro lens — an AF mechanism can tend to…

by Paul Harcourt Davies Jumping in at the deep end Perhaps you’ve been  producing some nice pictures and honing your photographic skills for a while. Now you find yourself ready to expand into new photographic realms…you’ve seen dramatic close-up shots and want to take your own. There is no time like the present for a new challenge and with the launch of our new blog Learn Macro, Clay and I will regularly post in a series that will take you through the basics and way beyond. Every now and…

If you thought you had to travel to exotic locales to photograph captivating subjects, think again. Award-winning nature and conversation photographer Clay Bolt shows you how to find, approach and photograph fascinating insects in your own backyard with spectacular results in this new online course from Craftsy. Learn to work with available light and shallow depth of field to create crystal-clear images. Explore a variety of off-camera flash setups to enhance color and texture, increase sharpness and freeze motion. Use wide-angle macro lenses to create surreal images that…