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Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers

The Essential Guide to Digital Techniques

By Alan L. Detrick

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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“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.” —American Gardener

“All of the beautifully reproduced photographs are accompanied by text that helps and never talks down to the reader.” —Shutterbug

“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

“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.” —Recorder

“A wonderful guide for photographers looking to take it to the next level.” —English Garden

“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.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“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.” —Journal Inquirer
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October 22, 2008