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“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."
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“[A] wonderful guide for photographers looking to take it to the next level.”

(The English Garden)

“[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.”
(Journal Enquirer)

“[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.”

(Recorder)

“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.”

(Outdoor Photographer)

"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."
(Washington Gardener)

"All of the beautifully reproduced photographs are accompanied by text that helps and never talks down to the reader."
(Shutterbug)

“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.”
(American Gardener)

About 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (October 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928907
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Noted garden, nature and landscape photographer, Alan L. Detrick resides with his wife and business partner, Linda, in Glen Rock, NJ. His award winning work has appeared worldwide in major publications including Audubon, Garden Design, Horticulture, Modern Maturity, Natural History, the New York Times, Newsweek, Prentice Hall, Readers Digest, 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.
He is the author and photographer of "Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers", by Timber Press and the sole photographer for "Beyond the Garden, Easy and Elegant Rose Designs" by Ellen Spector Platt.
In addition to owning a stock photography agency, Alan & Linda also provide photographic services for landscape architects and garden designers. In 2005, they were honored as Fellows of the Garden Writers Association. Their web site is www.alandetrick.com.

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin on November 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Written by a professional photographer and lecturer and instructor, and someone who is also clearly knowledgeable about plants, Macro Photography is a very informative publication. The term "macro" in this instance is taken at is loosest to encompass close-up photography as well as true macro. The book is divided into seven main sections which include an introduction to macro photography, the equipment needed, how to look at images, a section entitled `Realistic or Artistic?' and sections on photographing flora and fauna, digital files and handling. There is also a list of resources, a glossary and an index.

The book sets out to reach both the experienced photographer and the novice, and here I feel it succeeds. The writer, having moved from traditional film photography to digital does well in explaining the differences and how this should affect ones approach. I found this particularly useful having myself been schooled, and schooled others, in the days of film photography. The technical aspects of macro photography are covered quite extensively and very clearly, and all are well illustrated by the superb pictures which accompany the text; a useful point here is that in addition to the coverage in the text each photograph is accompanied by its own explanation along with details of camera, lens and settings used.

Of course when it comes to the more subjective area of "artistic" photography there is the possibility of disagreement. Yet the advice given here is sound, although there was the occasional point I would not always agree with; but that is only to be expected when one moves into such areas, and of course each is able to make his own decision, again the excellent pictures here can help one to decide.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Zachos on December 5, 2008
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Having read many books on macro photography I found Mr. Detrick's approach both accessible and artistic. Too often instructors include merely the technical, without touching on what motivates their choices. In this book we are given not only the "how to" but the "why you might want to." Mr. Detrick considers the aesthetic as well as the technical, the result being that the reader is inspired to experiment with her or his own artistic vision, having been given the tools with which to work. The best book I've read on this subject, by far.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bug Lover on December 3, 2008
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This is the first macro book that makes sense to me. The images are inspirational. I also really like the fact that the author's thinking behind the images is included along with the technical data. It gives some human insight into the compositions that is missing in many other publications. I believe this is a fine, very useful guide and reference for any photographer who is interested in doing, or wanting to do close-up nature photography. Easily five stars for a rating
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. George Wm Gerold on December 5, 2008
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I have just completed reading and enjoying one of the most outstanding books on digital techniques in macro photography. "Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers" by Alan L. Detrick can be used as a reference book for both professionals and hobbiests. The remarkable photographs and excellent accompanying text display the insight and knowledge of Mr. Detrick's years of involvement in nature photography. His knowledge and skill shine through this magnificent publication, with sharp eyed instructional text alongside each photo. One is aware that the best efforts were made in preparing this book.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Panick on July 15, 2010
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The book has some very nice pictures, but also quite a few that didn't impress me, but that could simply be taste. The organization of the book was very irritating with a lot of pictures interlaced with the text often with no correlation with the subject. What information there was of limited use, I don't know why every author feels the need to cover basic stuff that is handled by other books. I don't buy a macro photography book to learn about workflows, JPEG and raw files. What I want is insights into things related to macro photography. Such as setups, lighting, tricks for making things easier.

I did get some ideas to help with my photography, but that was more from looking at the pictures to figure out how they were shot. I could have gotten that from looking at any web site specializing in flowers. Overall I wouldn't recommend the book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Meadow Lark on December 5, 2008
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I've done a lot of digital photography with a SLR, but so far don't own a macro lens. This book makes me realize that I'll be able to create images that I long for with Detrick's techniques; a new lens will be the only item on my birthday wish list.
I love the way the author both describes his thought processes and shows several images of the same subject shot in different ways. Side by side you see not just the good one and the bad one, but even better, two great images with different goals in mind.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linda A. Tommasulo on March 30, 2009
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I read this book from cover to cover. It is a Must Read for anyone considering delving into the world of Macro Photography, and still offers insight to those (like me) who have been shooting Macro for many years. The author not only tells you How he took each of his fine images, but Why. He touches on all aspects of Macro photography, from digital capture to composition to ideas on how best to manage your image files. If you want inspiration and good technical guidance on capturing some great macro images, read this book
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