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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (22 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928907
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 1.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although the book is lovely to look at, it isn't a coffee-table copy. Instead, Detrick, an award-winning photographer and instructor, has created a hard-working, soft-cover book that plenty of gardeners would be happy to see under their Christmas trees. -- Connie Nelson Minneapolis Star Tribune 20081119 A wonderful guide for photographers looking to take it to the next level. -- Frances Wallace English Garden 20081201 Both aspiring and accomplished photographers will find just the right information on the basics of taking close-ups and how to used digital cameras to best advantage, along with tips on digital effects, storage, and manipulation of images. -- Ethel Fried Journal Inquirer 20081213 A beautiful book explaining how we can take stunning close-up photos in our gardens. ... This book will help bring your garden photos to a new level of quality and effectiveness. -- Pat Leuchtman Recorder 20081213 Learn the basics of close-up photography with helpful tips, definitions, exercises and case studies covering the features of current D-SLRs, how to compose and more. Outdoor Photographer 20090501 All of the beautifully reproduced photographs are accompanied by text that helps and never talks down to the reader. -- Joe Farace Shutterbug 20091201 Each photo is a short lesson in making outstanding photos. Reading this book is like walking through a garden and seeing through the eyes of a master photographer. -- Carole Ottesen American Gardener 20091101

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Noted garden, nature, and landscape photographer Alan L. Detrick's award-winning work has appeared worldwide in major publications including Audubon, Garden Design, Horticulture, Modern Maturity, Natural History, Reader's Digest, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Sunset. An experienced instructor, Alan has lectured and led photography workshops for professional organizations and public gardens including the American Horticultural Society, the Garden Club of America, the Garden Writers Association, The New York Botanical Garden, Chanticleer Garden, Brookside Gardens, and Longwood Gardens. In addition to owning a stock photography agency, Alan and his wife and business partner Linda also provide photographic services for landscape architects and garden designers. In 2005 they were honored as Fellows of the Garden Writers Association. They reside in Glen Rock, New Jersey Alan's web site address is www.alandetrick.com.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Nov. 2008
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Written by a professional photographer and lecturer and instructor, and someone who is also clearly knowledgeable about plants, Macro Photography is a very informative publication. The term "macro" in this instance is taken at is loosest to encompass close-up photography as well as true macro. The book is divided into seven main sections which include an introduction to macro photography, the equipment needed, how to look at images, a section entitled `Realistic or Artistic?' and sections on photographing flora and fauna, digital files and handling. There is also a list of resources, a glossary and an index.

The book sets out to reach both the experienced photographer and the novice, and here I feel it succeeds. The writer, having moved from traditional film photography to digital does well in explaining the differences and how this should affect ones approach. I found this particularly useful having myself been schooled, and schooled others, in the days of film photography. The technical aspects of macro photography are covered quite extensively and very clearly, and all are well illustrated by the superb pictures which accompany the text; a useful point here is that in addition to the coverage in the text each photograph is accompanied by its own explanation along with details of camera, lens and settings used.

Of course when it comes to the more subjective area of "artistic" photography there is the possibility of disagreement. Yet the advice given here is sound, although there was the occasional point I would not always agree with; but that is only to be expected when one moves into such areas, and of course each is able to make his own decision, again the excellent pictures here can help one to decide.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kristian S on 21 Jun. 2009
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Alan L. Detrick is clearly a very experienced and educated photographer with a very broad knowledge about the topic. In this book I think he deliberately choose a relatively simplistic approach. The book gives a general introduction to photographic therms like exposure, depth of field, lense choise, composition and digital workflow. The style is very informative and takes the reader in the hand trough the topics.
The pictures in the book are good and very illustrative. My opinion is that the pictures are chosen more to illustrate the point in the text than to show of the photographers skill, and this is the right priority in a book like this. This beeing said, the photographs are a very high quality. A reader without much experience is not intimidated by the quality, and in my opinion this show a high degree of professionalism from the auther. For those interested he is a Canon shooter, but he has a very open attitute on equipment.
So who is the target for the book? The experienced photographer that know more than the fundamental basics will not find much new here. While the auther covers a lot of ground, there is not much depth to find if you already have some knowledge. Examples are the sections describing flash photography or the use of diffusers. Here only the most basic consepts are covered. For this reader I would recommend to look at Sue Bishop "Photographing flowers" and Tony Sween in general if you are into the more artistic style, or "Close-Up and Macro: A Photographer's Guide" by Robert Thompson if you are interested in a very competent book on the technical aspects and "how to's".
If you are just starting to take your camera into your garden and would like to step into the wonderful world of flower photography then this is a very good choise.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. blaney on 1 July 2009
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This is an excellent book on flower and plant Macro photography. Its very well written, and easy to follow. Thats not to say it isn't for advanced photographers aswell. I feel that even experienced photographers will learn some great tips and insight from this book, and that its one of those books that you'll pick up again and again, and instantly get some inspiration to get out in the garden and shoot some macro.

What I like about the book, is the author shares his insight into the shots; what he done in terms of set-up/settings and also why he used that particular approach in terms of framing or lighting the shot and what you can achieve by using such a technique.

You instantly appreciate that he is an expert in his field, and I feel that anyone who reads this book will learn a some great tips and feel inspired whatever their level of photography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marand TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Dec. 2012
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I have only recently upgraded from SLR to DSLR and as a result have re-kindled my enthusiasm for photography. I am new to macro photography and have found this book to be a really good introduction. It provides enough background information in a clear, helpful way that doesn't terrify the inexperienced with complicated jargon. There is useful information about equipment and whilst the author rightly recommends a dedicated macro lens as the best approach, he doesn't dismiss extension tubes, etc..

There are plenty of photos which are accompanied by details of the lens, any extender, exposure, lighting, etc with a description of what the author was trying to achieve and the thought process behind the photo. I found some useful tips from this. There are comparison photos showing the impact of e.g. changing aperture, for example which illustrate the point more effectively than words ever could.

Highly recommended if you are new to this area of photography.
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