When a notice appeared in my morning news feed telling me that there was a new, free ebook on macro photography, I couldn’t resist downloading it.
Although a lousy photographer myself, Juan CÃ©sar Jover’s IntroducciÃ³n a la fotografÃa macro (distributed under a CC – BY NC SA license) immediately made me want to go and buy a decent camera, hike into the countryside and take pics of tiny things and make them look ginormous. The 68-page volume broaches techniques, tips and tricks for both amateur pic-snappers (like myself), owners of cheap pocket cameras, and professionals with rigs costing thousands of dollars.
The book, which is in Spanish, also made me wonder what other free PDF books I could find on the same topic. Unfortunately not a great deal it seems, but there are at least two other books that are well worth taking a look at.
Macro and Close up Technique by Michael Erlewine seems to be the first part of a multi-volume treatise on macro techniques. Although I was unable to find part two, this is already an impressive guide. In the 137 pages, Michael focuses (hah hah!) on professional equipment exclusively and gives detailed advice on cameras, lenses and other kit you’ll need. The last part of the book is dedicated to some of the Michael’s own pictures and shows what you can expect to achieve if you follow the tutorials.
Finally there’s Macro Photography – Beyond Flowers and Butterflies by Reinier MunguÃa, which, for consistency’s sake, features a dragonfly on the cover. This is a short book, containing only 15 pages, but it is worthwhile as it is stuffed with practical advice and tips about kit (much of which you can build using inexpensive household items) that will help you get the picture you’re looking for.
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