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Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should Read

Here is a list of the best Macro Photography books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Mastering Macro Photography (2017)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadWith more manufacturers than ever before producing macro lenses and accessories, and digital technology offering fresh creative possibilities, there has never been a more exciting time to explore this macro world with your camera. This book explains the basics of equipment, focusing, exposure and magnification ratios alongside such topics as lighting for effect, employing color as a compositional device and using depth of field creatively.The author explores digital techniques such as focus stacking and the use of smartphone apps both to compose shots on a…
Author(s): David Taylor

2. The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography (2016)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadThe Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography is a comprehensive handbook on macro and close-up photography, offering both ambitious beginners and veteran photographers all the information they need to create great macro photographs. Experienced photographer and author Cyrill Harnischmacher covers: The book also offers insights about macro photo composition, discussing light, color, camera position, and focus. With more than 600 images and figures illustrating the various ways readers can document the world of the infinitesimal, this book is not only a technical guide,…
Author(s): Cyrill Harnischmacher

3. Understanding Close-Up Photography: Creative Close Encounters with Or Without a Macro Lens (2009)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadIn his sixth book, renowned photographer, popular instructor, and best-selling author Bryan Peterson challenges and inspires us to see close-up photography in new ways when we view it through his eyes. You’ve seen the dewdrops, but what about dewdrops on a bird’s wing or raindrops on a car windshield? You’ve seen the bumblebees on vibrant flowers, but what about the fluid edge of just one petal or the colorful rusting metal at industrial sites? Even when Peterson does capture the more traditional subjects, it’s done in untraditional ways–and often with minimal…
Author(s): Bryan Peterson

4. Close Up Photography in Nature (2014)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadCapturing the grandeur of landscapes or mood of a certain natural light is challenging but often the simple details of a texture or color evade photographers most of all. In Close Up Photography in Nature, best-selling authors and nature photography pros, John and Barbara Gerlach, share the tips and techniques necessary to successfully photograph the beauty all around you.  The Gerlachs are celebrated teachers who understand a photographer’s mind so they begin this book with a brief overview of the fundamentals before delving into some…
Author(s): John, Barbara Gerlach

5. Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers: The Essential Guide to Digital Techniques (2008)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadGardeners and nature lovers delight in taking pictures—especially close-ups of flowers, butterflies, and insects. And though advances in digital camera technology have made taking, storing, and sharing photos easier than ever, taking top-quality pictures requires familiarity with both digital technology and the general principles of photography. Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers provides exactly the information that aspiring photographers—no matter their level of skill—need to take their photos to the next level. Clear and concise chapters cover the basics of macro (close-up) photography, explain the…
Author(s): Alan L. Detrick

6. Extreme Close-Up Photography and Focus Stacking (2014)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadThis 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. These 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. Aside from explanations on equipment and technique, advice is given on different lighting…
Author(s): Julian Cremona

7. Close-up and Macro Photography: Its Art and Fieldcraft Techniques (2017)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadFocusing on fieldcraft techniques for macro and close-up photography, Thompson covers the vital but often overlooked skills necessary to achieve consistent professional results in the field. Case studies covering a broad and often challenging group of subjects from the seashore to your back garden form the core of the lavishly illustrated book. Biology, life history, subject behaviour and ethics along with best practice approaches are discussed in detail and underpinned with photographic tips. The book is divided into four sections―Digital Fundamentals, Fieldcraft & Methodology, Portfolio Case…
Author(s): Robert Thompson

8. The Art of Macro Photography Book (2018)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadThere is an incredible “wow factor” when one looks at images that show small pieces of the natural world. If you enjoy viewing a bug’s eyes, flower pistils and stamens, or lacy details of frost then macro photography is for you. With 200 photographs and 12 sections about macro photography gear, Bruce and Amy share their passion of macro photography and demonstrate how to capture these images in 205 full-color pages. Paperback is 6″ x 9″ “Photography is at it’s best when it stops us in our tracks and we see the world in a different way. This incredible book takes us one step further.” -Stephen Saunders, Co-owner Hidden Light LLC…
Author(s): Amy Brooks Horn; Bruce D. Taubert

9. Learning to See Creatively, Third Edition: Design, Color, and Composition in Photography (2015)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadFully revised with all new photography, this best-selling guide takes a radical approach to creativity by explaining that it is not an inherent ability but a skill that can be learned and applied. Using inventive photos from his own stunning portfolio, author and veteran photographer Bryan Peterson deconstructs creativity for photographers. He details the basic techniques that go into not only taking a particular photo, but also provides insights on how to improve upon it–helping readers avoid the visual pitfalls and technical dead ends that can lead to…
Author(s): Bryan Peterson

10. Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (2011)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadCapture stunning macro floral images with this gorgeous guide by acclaimed photographer Harold Davis. You’ll learn about different types of flowers, macro equipment basics, and the intricacies of shooting different floral varieties in the field and in the studio. Harold also shows you techniques in the Photoshop darkroom that can be applied to flower photography to help you get the most out of your images. Beautiful and authoritative, this guide to photographing flowers is a must-read for every photographer interested in flower photography. Photographing Flowers will also win a place in the hearts of…
Author(s): Harold Davis

11. Beyond Extreme Close-Up Photography (2018)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadExtreme macrophotography opens up a new world for photographers, particularly biologists. By photographing subjects way beyond just life size magnifications, this book takes you a step closer to the very cells that make up organisms. Written with clarity and detail, Julian Cremona's enthusiasm for and knowledge of his subject makes this book an essential companion for everyone interested in photography and discovering the minutiae of the natural world. It advises on equipment and on low-cost and DIY photography solutions, explains how to use a microscope and its potential for…
Author(s): Julian Cremona

12. Advancing Your Photography: Secrets to Amazing Photos from the Masters (2017)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadAdvancing Your Photography is an easy to use handbook packed with tips from some of the world's best photographers. Now you can apply their secrets for capturing amazing photos. Marc Silber has interviewed some of the world's best photographers and learned their secrets for stunning composition. Now he passes their wisdom along to you in an easy to understand handbook. In Advancing Your Photography: . Unfortunately too many photographers get to a certain level and find it hard to advance. We're bombarded with so many videos, books and people telling you what to do it can be overwhelming….
Author(s): Marc Silber

13. Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (2009)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadThe essential guide for digital macro photographers everywhere. The art of macro photography-photographing small objects or super close-ups of small sections of big objects-yields fascinating results, but shooting at this level brings its own set of challenges. Now you can shoot close-ups with confidence and creative flair with this information-packed guide.Renowned photographer Harold Davis provides pages of field-tested techniques on focus, depth-of-field, exposure-even the appropriate equipment to use for this unique niche of digital photography. The book includes stunning and intriguing…
Author(s): Harold Davis

14. Photographing Waterdrops: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (2012)

 Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should ReadCapturing the fleeting, dynamic world contained within the tiniest of water droplets is one of the most challenging photographic endeavors. Like many things, the challenge is worth the effort – when done with skill, these images can become some of the most unique shots you’ve ever taken. In this gorgeous guide packed with creative insipration alongside technical expertise, award-winning photographer Harold Davis shows you how he creates his stunning water drop images. From challenges to working with constantly  moving subjects and reflected light…
Author(s): Harold Davis

Best Macro Photography Books Everyone Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some macro photography books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Close-up and macro photography: its art and fieldcraft techniques

Author(s): Thompson, Robert S
ID: 2769157, Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group;Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 105 Mb, Format: epub

Macro for Smarties: Bug-Free Macro Photography

Author(s): Pamela Cowdery
ID: 1561464, Publisher: , Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography

Author(s): Cyrill Harnischmacher
ID: 2138849, Publisher: Rocky Nook, Year: 2016, Size: 58 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really chart-busters according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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