Focus stacking Book recommendations
FPG July 2018
Recently I had the opportunity to work in the Entomology Laboratories of Liverpool Museum setting up their Cognisys Stacking equipment and demonstrating the software to support the equipment. Reference to some books both the Museum and I have we we found the following three books provided good background support.
I thought these same references would be of interest to FPG Members.
They are as follows:
1. Close-up and Macro Photography. Its Art and Fieldcraft Techniques.
By Dr. Robert Thompson FRPS FIPF
2. Extreme Close-up Photography
By Julian Cremona
2004 Crowood Press. U.K.
3. Digital Macro Photography
By Ross Hoddinott
2006,2010 Photographers' Institute Press PIP
This book has since been revised and expanded (see extended notes below:)
Finally an excellent website devoted entirely to Macro Photography:
All three books are well worth purchasing if pursuing a serious interest in this technique. the first book listed: Close-up and Macro Photography. Its Art and Fieldcraft Techniques by Robert Thompson is an excellent book it is also the most expensive at about £35:00. The images in the book are particularly well labelled with the classification of the animal or plant, Image exposure, camera, lens used as well as a detailed explanation behind the photograph.
Descriptions from the Amazon website:
Close-up and Macro Photography. Its Art and Fieldcraft Techniques. By Dr. Robert Thompson FRPS FIPF
Focusing 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 Studies, Digital Workflow & Presentation―covering the full photographic process from capture through to editing, captioning, development and storage are discussed.
Moving beyond the surface-level approach to macro instruction, this book provides readers with techniques that work in the field. Illustrated with over 250 of the author's own inspiring images, this publication is a must for photographers, naturalists and anyone interested in improving their macro skills in the field.
Extreme Close-up Photography By Julian Cremona
This 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. 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.
Digital Macro Photography By Ross Hoddinott
Macro photography is one of the most popular photographic disciplines. Spectacular images are within the grasp of every photographer, and you don't need to invest in kit worth thousands to start taking impressive close-up images. The world of close-up photography is endlessly varied, and includes insects that look like aliens, the hidden symmetries of plants or the normally invisible workings of a machine blown-up to huge proportions. Ross Hoddinott is a past winner of the BBC's Countryfile competition and the BBC Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, and his work features regularly in "Outdoor Photography", "Practical Photography", "Photography Monthly", BBC Wildlife and many more. This is Ross's first book, and showcases his particular talent for the world of macro photography.
This book has since been revised and expanded edition: Welcome to the fascinating world of macro photography, where spectacular images are within the grasp of every photographer. It isn't necessary to invest in kit worth thousands to start taking impressive close-up images, nor do you need to travel far and wide to find interesting subjects. Ross Hoddinott has completely revised, and also expanded upon, his hugely successful Digital Macro Photography book published by GMC Publications, under Photographers' Institute Press, in 2007. This book takes you on an incredible journey into the macro world where you can see insects that look like aliens, the hidden symmetries of plants or the normally invisible workings of a machine blown-up to huge proportions. Technical terms, the basic techniques and how to get the best from your camera are all explained in a direct and easy-to-follow way. Choosing your subjects, lighting them and post-camera processing are all covered in the same accessible way, accompanied by stunning example shots and invaluable tips.