Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers: The Essential Guide to Digital Techniques [NOOK Book]

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Gardeners and nature lovers delight in taking pictures — especially close-ups of flowers, butterflies, and insects. And though advances in digital camera technology have made taking, storing, and sharing photos easier than ever, taking top-quality pictures requires familiarity with both digital technology and the general principles of photography. Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers provides exactly the information that aspiring ...
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Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers: The Essential Guide to Digital Techniques

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Overview

Gardeners and nature lovers delight in taking pictures — especially close-ups of flowers, butterflies, and insects. And though advances in digital camera technology have made taking, storing, and sharing photos easier than ever, taking top-quality pictures requires familiarity with both digital technology and the general principles of photography. Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers provides exactly the information that aspiring photographers — no matter their level of skill — need to take their photos to the next level.

Clear and concise chapters cover the basics of macro (close-up) photography, explain the features of current digital single-lens reflex cameras, show the many ways images can be composed, and share tips on digital effects, storage, and manipulation of imagery. Throughout the text, helpful tips, definitions, exercises, and case studies serve to demystify digital photography. Each lesson is supported by examples of the author's stunning photography.

Whether taking photos of flowers and insects, compiling a photographic record of your garden, or simply sharing beautiful images with friends and family, everyone can become accomplished photographers of the world's small-scale wonders.
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Editorial Reviews

Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Although the book is lovely to look at, it isn’t a coffee-table copy. Instead, Detrick, an award-winning photographer and instructor, has created a hard-working, soft-cover book that plenty of gardeners would be happy to see under their Christmas trees."
The English Garden
“[A] wonderful guide for photographers looking to take it to the next level.”
Journal Enquirer
“[B]oth aspiring and accomplished photographers will find just the right information on the basics of taking close-ups, how to used digital cameras to best advantage, along with tips on digital effects, storage, and manipulation of images.”
Recorder
“[A] beautiful book explaining how we can take stunning close-up photos in our gardens…this book will help bring your garden photos to a new level of quality and effectiveness.”
Outdoor Photographer
“Learn the basics of close-up photography with helpful tips, definitions, exercises and case studies covering the features of current D-SLRs, how to compose and more.”
Washington Gardener
"As an experienced photographer, I found this book extraordinarily helpful, alive with tips and tricks. I highly recommend [it] for photographers who are looking to dabble in macro photography or those who already have some experience."
Shutterbug
"All of the beautifully reproduced photographs are accompanied by text that helps and never talks down to the reader."
American Gardener
“Each photo is a short lesson in making outstanding photos. Reading this book is like walking through a garden and seeing through the eyes of a master photographer.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604691542
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/22/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 867,665
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Noted garden, nature, and landscape photographer Alan L. Detrick’s award-winning work has appeared worldwide in major publications including Audubon, Garden Design, Horticulture, Modern Maturity, Natural History, Reader's Digest, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Sunset. An experienced instructor, Alan has lectured and led photography workshops for professional organizations and public gardens including the American Horticultural Society, the Garden Club of America, the Garden Writers Association, The New York Botanical Garden, Chanticleer Garden, Brookside Gardens, and Longwood Gardens. In addition to owning a stock photography agency, Alan and his wife and business partner Linda also provide photographic services for landscape architects and garden designers. In 2005 they were honored as Fellows of the Garden Writers Association. They reside in Glen Rock, New Jersey. He is the author of Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    If you want to take your macrophotography to the "next level" this is for you!

    Regardless of the photographic kit you use, this comprehensive guide will teach you everything you need to know about capturing high-quality macro images. As is true with any worthwhile photography book/magazine, having the exposure details present adjacent to each stunning image makes for convenient reference.

    As a Canon shooter with a camera and lens collection (and tripod) that's virtually identical to the author's, this guide has been particularly helpful in recognizing the macro potential for my 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8 IS as well as my 100mm and 180mm macro lenses.

    I have a collection of macro-photo books...this is BY FAR the best!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Much more

    Great book not just on how to take Macro photography. The author also goes into detail on some basic digital photography. Great instruction book.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    Very Nice

    With one of the longest titles I have reviewed, I have a copy of Alan L. Detrick’s Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers, The Essential Guide to Digital Techniques. The book is as beautiful as it is informative. Macro Photography is printed on glossy paper and filled with striking pictures of flora and fauna.

    Mr. Detrick clarifies the difference between close-up photos and macro photography, and his instructions cover many different aspects of creating that perfect shot. Photography is not an inexpensive hobby. The vast selection of lenses and equipment is staggering. To do macro photography properly you need quite a bit of equipment and he gives a brief description of each. He also discusses how to travel with your gear.

    While this may be overwhelming for the casual photographer, for a dedicated hobbyist the information is essential. Even if you don’t have all the equipment there is much to learn from this book. The photographs in the book are both beautiful and interesting. I especially appreciated that each description contains the type of camera used, lens and exposure information and many contain an explanation of why he shot it as he did. He shows the way he experimented with changing light in some of the shots. He also writes about possible problems with a photograph and how he adjusts to compensate.

    There is a good amount of information on proper exposure, depth of field, using the histogram, bracketing, focus, composition, background and movement. At the back of the book there is additional information on recommended reading, associations, workshops, websites and a glossary that I found especially useful. Macro Photography is a beautiful display book, but also so much more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2010

    A giant in a small world!

    I am not a professional photographer. I am lucky to be married to a very good gardener with lots of similarly creative friends. I have an opportunity to document some beautiful pacific northwest gardens, if only I had the ability to capture them on digital media.

    Alan's book is amazingly well organized to help any serious photographer, even professionals, capture nature at it's best.

    The examples are beautifully displayed, but more importantly, the descriptions and explanations are easy to follow and understand.

    With Alan's mentoring, I have been able to preserve some of nature finest creations in images that almost do them justice!

    Highly recommended!

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