Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers: The Essential Guide to Digital Techniques

Gardeners and nature lovers delight in taking pictures—especially close-ups of flowers, butterflies, and insects. And though advances in digital camera technology have made taking, storing, and sharing photos easier than ever, taking top-quality pictures requires familiarity with both digital technology and the general principles of photography. Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers provides exactly the information that aspiring photographers—no matter their level of skill—need to take their photos to the next level.

Clear and concise chapters cover the basics of macro (close-up) photography, explain the features of current digital single-lens reflex cameras, show the many ways images can be composed, and share tips on digital effects, storage, and manipulation of imagery. Throughout the text, helpful tips, definitions, exercises, and case studies serve to demystify digital photography. Each lesson is supported by examples of the author’s stunning photography.

Whether taking photos of flowers and insects, compiling a photographic record of your garden, or simply sharing beautiful images with friends and family, everyone can become accomplished photographers of the world’s small-scale wonders.

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  1. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    WELL WORTH THE PRICE, August 29, 2011
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    Bill McLean (Determinist and Secular Humanist – Seeking The Land of Reason) –
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    The photo illustrations and text in this book seems sentimental at times. The photographs are all beautiful. This is a great book for anyone with an interest in starting to make close-up and macro photographs. The photos, by themselves, should be appreciated by even non-photographers.

    Once a photographer gets hooked on macro of plants, insects, and birds, he/she may or may not want to branch out into other more abstract forms of macro photography. None of that will be found in this book. It is for those starting out in garden and nature macros. And I think that’s enough to make it well worth the modest price.

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  2. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    By A Photographer Who Loves Gardens, October 31, 2010
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    John B. (San Francisco, CA USA) –

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    The book’s title says it all! I was so happy to find a book by an experienced photographer with an in-depth knowledge of garden plants. As a fellow gardener and novice photographer, I was captivated after reading the preface and seeing the first few images in “Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers”.

    This compact book has chapters on defining macro photography, equipment condsiderations, looking at (and seeing) those macro images, plus information on digital file basics and digital workflow, all in an easy-to-read style. Mr. Detrick walks us through his wealth of experience needed for envisioning those exceptional close-up shots before pressing the shutter release.

    After reading his book I was fortunate to attend a macro photography workshop with Alan and his wife Linda at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, ME. Alan’s a thorough and patient teacher… I learned so much. I highly recommend the experience of a workshop with them.

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  3. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    Great for nature photographer, September 17, 2013
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    RJ from PH (Florida) –

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    Being an avid nature photographer with a new Nikon dx3100 and 55-300 lens plus ext tubes and closeup + lenses to play with I chose this book after reading some of it at the library. I liked the pictures and background given on each one and the plain language used to explain things without getting to complicated. I am more the “see wildlife take picture of wildlife” kind of guy. I like to keep it simple. I really don’t understand exactly how extension tubes work but I know how to use them, if you know what I mean. I know what they do and how to use them but really can’t explain it in words. I got a lot of ideas from this book and have a great botanical garden nearby to use all my toys. This is how I relax in my retirement years. I still work 3 days a week but don’t want to sit at home on my days off and photography is a great stress reliever. Buy the book and enjoy nature. You can even use the backyard for macro pictures so there’s no limit.
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