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The Photographic Garden: Mastering the Art of Digital Garden Photography Paperback – March 27, 2012

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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

About 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609610873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609610876
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love the explanations in this book not just about photography, but the gardens that have been photographed as well. Even the gardens that don't necessarily appeal to my gardening tastes are beautiful in the eye of the photographer.
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Am aware of several books on garden photography using film cameras, so this book that treats digital garden photography is very welcome. A large part of the book is devoted to developing your artistic eye in the garden....composition, light, etc. I was very interested in the author's aesthetic. Personally, I would not embrace back-lighting as much as the author does, but he is a successful professional garden photographer and knows what he is doing. The section on cameras and camera choices was necessarily limited. Also, the sections on post-production were confusing because I do not have the Lightroom software discussed in the book. For me, Lightroom may be useful in the future. Not a book for beginners, although beginners could benefit from the artistic sections. Intermediate level and well worth the purchase. I expect to refer to this book often.
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A very inspirational book on different plants, flowers and blossoms and how to photograph them. It's nice to be able to know the name of a flower and not have to classify them by color and size (e.g. that big yellow flower). Info on when and how to shoot coupled with little hints on getting a special picture has been very helpful. Just trying to duplicate some of the book's pictures has been very educational. It's one book that I continue to read and apply!
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I'm hard pressed to give this book a glowing review. It probably would have been better with half the words and more images. The concepts presented are important and valuable, but overworked. The images are okay, but are not really that great. Some sparkle while others would not have made my first set of edits. Nonetheless, it's worth skimming over and stopping to read a particular section that captures your interest. It's a sincere effort at sharing a considerable amount of knowledge and experience with garden photography.
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