The Photographic Garden: Mastering the Art of Digital Garden Photography

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The garden is a rich canvas of visual ideas, all waiting to be skillfully captured and evoked by the camera. With in-depth discussions on creative technique and technical literacy, The Photographic Garden is an inspiring guide for understanding the complexities of light and design in the garden and a primer on the latest digital image-making tools, from cameras to postproduction software.

Professional photographer Matthew Benson shows you how to become a better, more intuitive ...

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Overview

The garden is a rich canvas of visual ideas, all waiting to be skillfully captured and evoked by the camera. With in-depth discussions on creative technique and technical literacy, The Photographic Garden is an inspiring guide for understanding the complexities of light and design in the garden and a primer on the latest digital image-making tools, from cameras to postproduction software.

Professional photographer Matthew Benson shows you how to become a better, more intuitive artist in the landscape; helps you foster a deeper understanding of design and aesthetics; and encourages you to develop your own visual sensibility—through hundreds of his own thoughtprovoking, evocative garden images. You’ll learn how to explore the garden with your camera; how to apply the fundamentals of composition, light, and color to image-making; and how to use digital technology to improve and enhance (and even rescue!) the images you’ve taken. Most of all, you’ll be motivated to see like a camera, work like a professional, and imagine and create like an artist.

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The Photographic Garden is gorgeous, inspiring, creative, and full of valuable information that will deepen your skills of observation and your appreciation of the garden, helping you create photographs that sing of beauty and spirit. Matthew Benson has given us a generous gift by sharing his great talent and expertise, and it will make all of us better photographers and digital wizards. This is by far the best book available on garden photography—I only wish I had it 25 years ago!”
Elizabeth Murray, author, photographer, and keynote lecturer

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Benson (contributing editor, Organic Gardening) encourages readers to view their own familiar gardens in a fresh way by outlining design basics and explaining how cameras see light. Also included is an up-to-date overview of digital cameras, digital workflow, and postproduction software, such as Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Beginning and intermediate photographers will learn the most from this guide. VERDICT Provides excellent crossover appeal for avid gardeners who would like to document the transitory beauty of the plants they grow.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609610876
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 806,803
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Benson is an award-winning photographer, a contributing editor to Organic Gardening magazine, and the owner of Stonegate Farm and Studio, an organic farm and arts center, in Balmville, NY.

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