Synopses & Reviews
Digital cameras, photo software, and four-color printers are increasingly affordable, and many gardeners long to use these high-tech gadgets to capture the ephemeral moments in their gardens. Professional photographer Matthew Benson believes that successful garden photography is a perfect fusion of technical literacy, narrative intent, and aesthetic understanding. In The Photo-Graphic Garden
, he teaches amateur photographers to set up and edit a point of view in a singular frame, using light, color, and form as the building blocks. With a primer on the latest digital image-making tools, from cameras to software, and a full discussion on creating a compelling photograph, the garden photographer will learn to capture interactions with plants, people, and places while developing his own visual sensibility. Benson inspires by:
• coaching the gardener to use the camera to inform and deepen the understanding of garden
design and to learn how plants and plant combinations can create aesthetic excitement
• presenting rules of good photo composition and advising when to break those rules
• teaching how to correct and enhance images in post-production
• offering advice on choosing photo papers and calibrating printers for dynamic imagery
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. Youll 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 youve taken. Most of all, youll be motivated to see like a camera, work like a professional, and imagine and create like an artist.
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.