Book Review

Better Photographs Photographing Minerals and Lapidary Materials, by Jeffrey Scovil. 1996. 176 pages. 30 color, 276 black/white photos. $40.(JCK Data Center MR-013) To order call 1-800-234-5308. Here’s a great how-to book on photographing minerals, fossils and other lapidary materials such as carvings, cabochons and faceted stones. The author comprehensively covers film, equipment, light sources and techniques, filters, backgrounds, photomacrography and photomicrography. I like the fact an amateur can read this book from start to finish and, with practice, confidently photograph virtually any mineral or gemstone. Even more seasoned photographers can learn some valuable techniques. Written by a professional photographer, the material is presented in a straightforward, easy-to-read manner. While the book appears in classic “textbook” form, the reading is not tedious and you d

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