Since I have more time on my hands now, I'm finally ready to jump into the Macro Photography world. I think I have all the equipment to start out with including various Macro lenses (AF & MF), two Nikon Bellow extensions, a Reversal ring. An el-cheopo ring flash, 2 butter-fly clamps (ala John Shaw) and other clamps, a few enlarging filters, a few extension tubes, etc. I was looking for a good technical Macro Photography Manual, but so far I have only run into books with 'pretty pictures'. If I wanted to look at pretty macro pictures I would just Google "macro photography" and my computer would be inundated with Macro shots. Here are two books I ordered so far, so you can scratch them off. 1) Macro Photography Learning from a master by Gilles Martin 2) Close-up & Macro Photography by Robert Thompson Now I can't really criticize these books. They might be inspirational to many and to tell you the truth I have not really sat down to read them for any lengthy amount of time, but what I saw was enough. Here is what I have against them: 1) The book written by Gilles Martin is more like an Atlas than a photography manual. There are so many pictures in this book that I became overwhelmed pretty quickly. The text is written by someone else, not the photographer and is sort of inserted around the pretty pictures. I have time on my hands, but not that much ! My attention span is too short to take a book like that seriously, not only that, it is a whopping 300+ pages thick and heavy. I had trouble finding room for it on the shelf. 2) The book written by Robert Thompson is a little more reasonable in size, but for some reason I get the impression that it is a Clone of John Shaw's Close up in Nature, a book I already own except that it references Digital Photography. The magic word here is "close-up" . The book concentrates mostly on close-up's with only a few sections about Macro photography.