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. You’ll 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 you’ve taken. Most of all, you’ll be motivated to see like a camera, work like a professional, and imagine and create like an artist.
Matthew Benson is one of America’s most prominent garden photographers. He owns Stonegate Farm and runs an heirloom produce CSA from the property. He is also a contributing editor and television spokesman for Organic Gardening. He lives in Balmville, NY.
“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