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 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
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.