It is a comfortable size in the hand, measuring just over 9½” by just
over 7¼” (or 246mm by 188mm) and is published in soft covers. The book
is very sensibly divided up with an Introduction on “Your reasons for
Photographing Insects” and “What are you Trying to Show?” Then,
of course, describing different types of equipment, sensibly not
mentioning specific models and/or makes. (Given the rate at which
manufacturers bring out new models by the time any book is printed
there will be newer models on the market).
It then moves on to “Knowing the Subject” and “Fieldcraft”. It is
essential to add here that the text is profusely illustrated with
beautifully reproduced and appropriately chosen photographs and this
continues throughout the whole book.
John must have been asked many times, as have I, “but how do you know where to go or when?
Well he has gone a considerable way to answer that very question.
Then come sections in which “Composition”, “Lighting” and “Capturing
the Moment” are discussed followed by “Advanced Techniques” and here
you can learn about “Flight Photography”, photographing insects in
water and going beyond life size, including “Photomicrography”, and
then moves you on to “Processing the Images”, and by showing
illustrations of various editing windows, takes the reader through many
of the basic processing techniques.
I feel it was also very sensible
to use “Elements 9” as the choice for these illustrations”.
digital photographers could choose to bypass this section of course).
Very sensibly John then discusses the importance of cataloguing your
images and of course backing them up. Finally he considers that
you may wish to expand your horizons and talks about “Different
Habitats”, “Pollination”, “Parasites” and “Life Cycles”; and then
concludes by challenging you to rise up and expand your photography
onwards and upwards.
you wish to sell your images and/or work towards a Qualification
there is advice too about that. I can thoroughly recommend Insect
Photography to everyone who wishes to start a new area of Nature
and although I have met very few people indeed in Nature Photography
who feel they “know it all” I can honestly say that even they will
certainly learn something from it.
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