Focal Press Book: Photographing Waterdrops: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis
Photographing Waterdrops: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis by Focal Press teaches you the skills to photograph the most challenging of images, water droplets. From challenges to working with constantly moving subjects and reflected light to basic info on which equipment works best, this book will help all macro-loving photographers turn their lens on water, water, everywhere. When done with skill, these images can become some of the most unique shots you’ve ever taken. This beautifully illustrated guide is packed with creative inspiration alongside technical expertise. Award-winning photographer Harold Davis shows you how he creates his stunning water drop images. Includes valuable creative and technical information for perfecting your water shots, from equipment basics to general inspiration and everything in between. Shooting images of water presents unique difficulties; learn how to dive in head-first and overcome the challenges of working in the natural world. Packed with award-winning imagery from one of the world’s best macro photographers. Contents Introduction Waterdrop Worlds Wet World Water Defines Life Powers of Ten Life Cycle of a Waterdrop How Small is Small? Physics of Waterdrops Different Kinds of Waterdrops Reflections and Refractions Spiderweb Studio Sunbursts Waterdrop as Lens Making Waterdrop Photos Planning Waterdrop Exposures Using an Exposure Histogram Choosing a Lens Macro Lenses Comparing Macro Lenses Extension Tubes Close-up Filters Tripods and Gadgets Dealing with Extreme Macros Aperture and Depth-of-field Waterdrop Compositions Working with Natural Light Using a Macro Flash Waterdrops in the Digital Darkroom Poetry in Post-Production Waterdrop Image Workflow Multi-RAW Processing Enhancing Colors Making Waterdrops Sharp Waterdrops in Black & White Waterdrops and HDR Resources Glossary Index About the Author Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer. He is the best-selling author of more than 30 books and writes on many photo blogs. He has been a software engineer, an enterprise technology consultant, and an Internet company executive. Photographic adventures and assignments have taken him across the Brooks Range, the northernmost mountains in Alaska. He has photographed the World Trade Towers, hanging out of a small plane, followed in the footsteps of Seneca Ray Stoddard, a 19th-century photographer of the Adirondacks, and created human interest photo stories about the residents of Love Canal, an environmental disaster area. Harold is well known for his night photography and experimental ultra-long exposure techniques, use of vibrant, saturated colors in landscape compositions, and beautiful creative floral imagery. He is inspired by the flowers in his garden, hiking in the wilderness, and the work of great artists and photographers including M.C. Escher, Monet, van Gogh, and Edward Weston.