There a new e-book out by Andrew Gibson, published through Craft and Vision. UP CLOSE is full of helpful information on getting you started with close-up photography on a variety of subjects. As stated on C & V website, “He covers crop factoring and magnification, testing your lenses, focal length, focusing techniques, depth-of-field, lighting, image stabilization, single/double-element lenses, reverse lens macro, extension tubes and more!” The spreads look yummy – and not just because some of it is close-up of food.


I’ve always loved close-up and macro photography. It’s a whole new world when you get in so close that you see things the un-aided eye can’t see. It takes my breath away, whether it’ a backlit fern from my garden or the details of rusting metal.

When this e-book notice came to me, I slapped myself ‘up side the head’ and said “that should have been me doing that book!”  And it’s true, but then again there are so-o-o-o many ideas rolling around out there and I just don’t have time to do them all. While Jed and I were working on our Extraordinary Everyday Photography book, there were at least four topics that were published that I wished I had done. HA! As if we weren’t already busy enough.

“It shoulda been me…” is a phrase that all too often comes up in all our lives no matter what we’re engaged in doing. The universe is filled with ideas that seem to roll on by our consciousness. How many of us have seen a new invention that should have been ours?!

Truth is, it can and will be ‘my’ idea sometimes soon – each of us approaches a topic differently, both in technique and vision – so when I see a book published with ‘my’ topic, I no longer despair about it. There’s room out there for all our ‘voices’.

So when am I going to do my close-up e-book? Not sure – because I’m currently working on my e-book Creating Visual Impact.  I’m hoping to get it out there by late summer/early Autumn. I’ll keep ya posted.