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The Art of Flower and Garden Photography Paperback – 25 Apr 2007
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"This fabulous guide is highly recommended." --"Current Books on Gardening and Botany, Chicago Botanic Garden"
Lavishly illustrated with Clive Nicols' own award-winning work, this is an inspirational book as well as a practical one. Aimed at the many photographers who find their greatest satisfaction in capturing the beauty of individual plants or their own or other people's gardens, the book provides expert advice on all aspects of the work - selective focus, the harmonious use of colour, light, coping with the weather, composition and a host of others. The subjects covered range from close ups of details such as bark or petals, to individual plant portraits and through to the composing of vistas that reveal the grandest of gardens in all its glory. Clive Nichols has photographed gardens in many different parts of the world and has practical advice to offer on travel and equipment for different locations and conditions, from frost and fog to tropical sunlight. There are also chapters on bringing a garden to life by including it's inhabitants, both people and birds and insects.Finally, there are step by step instructions on the post-capture phase in which digital technology can be used to sharpen, enhance, tone or otherwise perfect an image to achieve a finished picture that matches the vision in the photographer' mind at the instant the shutter was released. See all Product description
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As an introduction to flower and plant photography, well, i think there are plenty of better books out there, and i don't feel this would be a good choice for an absolute beginner.
The book is like having Clive in your living room, explaining his craft and encouraging you to lean on his experience, get up early and take your own garden shots.
Well printed, well presented. An enjoyable and educational book.
It is not a detailed, step by step "how to" book - the reader is expected to work at their own pace to get the results they desire.
The front cover sets the tone for images inside - beautifully lit and presented - and the author will explain how to understand light to obtain the same effect.
The images in the book are timeless and really do make the reader want to start taking similar shots. The images in the book are from 35mm film, Canon DSLR and medium format cameras.
This book inspires the reader to think about what they want to capture and shows them what they can achieve with a little forward planning.
It is a superb book for anyone wishing to expand their creative side and you will get some fantastic results if you follow Clive's advice. I did.
If you want to learn photography from it, it might not be as useful.