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The Art of Garden Photography Paperback – Illustrated, February 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881926809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881926804
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although photography demands technical know-how, the act of composing a photograph is the medium's heart and soul. Adams addresses the equipment issue by giving concise, straightforward explanations of camera types, lenses, formats, films, and the pros and cons of digital photography. Then aesthetics and the art of composition are duly recognized as being critical to one's success in achieving beguiling garden shots in sun, shade, or snow. Helpful advice is plentiful, from ways to correct for various lighting conditions to points of view for close-ups or expansive vistas. Adams' expertise, derived, in part, from conducting workshops and seminars, shines through as he broaches a range of subjects that will inspire budding shutterbugs, and offers good counsel on setup and follow-through. More experienced photographers will certainly find a wealth of ideas or may want to focus in on Adams' tips for starting a garden photography business. Alice Joyce
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Besides a how-to-guide, however, the book also showcases some of Adam's best work. -- Mary Beth Breckenridge Akron Beacon Journal 20050314 Besides being a how-to guide, the book also showcases some of Adams' best work. His photos were shot all over the country, but specific attention is given to locales (such as Cleveland Botanical Garden) in northeastern Ohio, where Adams lives. Philadelphia Inquirer 20050325 Ian Adams handles the problem of explaining film based and digital photography superbly in answering the many questions of his workshop students. -- Joanne S. Carpender National Gardener 20050401 There are few individuals more qualified than Mr. Adams in writing a book about nature photography. -- Joe Schroer American Peony Society Bulletin 20050525 Adams drew on his experience teaching workshops and seminars to write a guide that's thorough and easy to understand. -- Mary Beth Breckenridge Orange County Register 20050423 Adams deftly handles photographing gardens and anything to be found in them... As we turned the pages, we itched to be outside putting the book's tips into practice. -- Stephen Pategas Ornamental Outlook 20050621 Comparative photographs illustrate techniques with the tools, show the photographer's selecting eye, and demonstrate principles of picture-making... Beautiful. -- Ann Milovsoroff Royal Botanical Gardens Newsletter 20050621 Adams shares a great deal of his expertise on a wide range of aspects of photography, using a stunning collection of his own work to illustrate the topics he includes. -- Terry Peters North Shore News 20050622 By far the most clearly written and helpful reference I've come across for anyone who wants to master the subject of garden photography. -- Melissa Clark Designer 20050729 The strengths of this book are in how to think about composition and preparing the site for photography ... but most especially in the photographs themselves. -- Sally Boyson Saximontana 20051001 One of the most useful books to come across my desk this year. -- Bobbie Schwartz Buckeye 20051001 The book offers detailed information on film and filters, sharpness and exposure, lighting and even making color prints. ... If you want to learn, the instructions Adams offers are clear, and his examples of photographing are compelling. -- Cynthia Pasquale Denver Post 20050624 Anyone who has ever wanted to capture the pure beauty of a garden in photographs should read this book. -- Sydney Everhart Iowa Horticulturist 20050101

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Phillip O. VINE VOICE on June 27, 2005
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There are not many books available about garden photography and this one will be a welcome addition. It is filled with outstanding photos and practical advice. The author explains the usual dilemmas with film, cameras, composition, etc. but also includes very good information about labeling, storing and organizing your work (a link is included for a software program that I was not aware of - thank you!).

I bought this book mainly, however, for learning more about taking nature photos with a digital camera. While the author raves about the digital format and even confesses that he uses digital for most of his work now, there are only 2 photos in the entire book (out of hundreds) taken with a digital camera. This is a little disappointing and kind of puzzling. I would have liked to know more about the specifics for using digital photos for publication.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Frei-Schindler on May 19, 2005
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This is in every respect a masterpiece. Competence, didactic skill, glorious photographs and beautiful layout - you find it all in this book. My only quibble: A hardcover edition would have be more practical (pages open flat) and durable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Black Raven on November 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I wish I would have been able to look at this photography book in one of the local book stores before ordering it. The two photographs on the front cover are the best ones. That's probably the reason why I expected so much more. I judged the book by its cover. I wasn't impressed by the photographs and the printing wasn't as crisp as one would expect from a newer photography book. The information was the same as in most photography books I already own and therefore I didn't learn anything new.
I would not recommend this book. I returned it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tmtrvlr on April 13, 2012
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This book is a little older published in 2005, but is still very current. After conducting a series of garden photography workshops, Ian Adams realized that a book specific to garden photography that included digital camera information was needed. There is information about both film and digital equipment along with the author's personal experience of his transition from film to digital. The photographs in the book are beautiful and printed on glossy paper, but most were taken with film and not digital. I would have liked a more balanced variety.

I enjoy seeing "experiments" that the photographer/author provided when he tried different exposures or filters for interesting outcomes. There are detailed sections on composure, how to choose a viewpoint, and the common mistakes made by inexperience photographers with close-ups. I think the most valuable information for me was how and what to include in my pictures that was illustrated in his photographs.

I have always wanted to capture some of the beauty in my own garden and this is just what I need to get started. Not just for the summer bounty, all four seasons are covered with beautiful photos of each. The Art of Garden Photography has earned a space on my permanent bookshelf.
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