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Creative Garden Photography

Making Great Photos of Flowers, Gardens, Landscapes, and the Beautiful World Around Us

Gardens are everywhere, all around us. In this long-awaited guide to garden and flower photography, noted photographer and author Harold Davis tackles the subject of garden photography with an expansive brush. In this book, you’ll find techniques ranging from photographing vast formal gardens to photographing flowers for transparency on...
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BOOK AUTHOR

Harold Davis

PAGE COUNT

360 pages

TRIM SIZE

9x9in

COVER

Soft Cover - with flaps

ISBN

9781681985619

PUBLISH DATE

09/2020

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Whats Not to Like about Gardens?
  • ENTERING THE GARDEN
  • Understanding Gardens
  • Andr Le Ntre and the French Garden
  • Garden Style
  • The Backyard as Garden
  • The Garden as Status
  • The Importance of Garden Design
  • PHOTOGRAPHING THE GARDEN AT LARGE
  • Of Light and the Garden
  • Intensity of Light
  • Diffusion
  • Light Direction
  • Checklist: Finding the Right Position
  • Understanding Reflectivity
  • Color and White Balance
  • Exposure and Light
  • Key Takeaways about Exposure
  • Special Times for Lighting
  • Using a Tripod
  • Creative Options with Tripods
  • Anatomy of a Tripod
  • Tripod Legs
  • Tripod Heads
  • Using the Tripod in the Garden
  • Focus and Depth of Field
  • Being in Focus
  • Soft Focus
  • Camera Position
  • Tilt-Shift Lenses
  • Focal Length
  • Types of Lenses
  • Focal Length and Depth of Focus
  • Manual and Autofocus
  • Depth of Field
  • Aperture and Depth of Field
  • Infinity and Hyperfocal Distance
  • The Garden in Black & White
  • Converting to Black & White
  • Extending Dynamic Range
  • Multi-RAW Processing
  • High-Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • Automated HDR
  • Hand-HDR
  • Impressionistic Photography
  • In-Camera Motion
  • Subject Motion
  • Out of Focus
  • Creative Exposures
  • In-Camera Multiple Exposures
  • Gardens of the Mind
  • TAKING THE GARDEN CLOSE-UP AND INSIDE
  • The Art of Transparency
  • How Light Box Photography Works
  • What Kind of Light Box Works Best?
  • Arranging Flowers on a Light Box
  • Light Box Photography
  • Post-Production of High-Key HDR Images
  • Inversions in Post-Production
  • Understanding LAB Color
  • Inverting a White Background to Black
  • Brightening Images after Inversion
  • Photography on Black
  • The Flower as Diva
  • Low-Key Photography in the Field and Studio
  • Low-Key HDR Post-Production
  • Macro Photography
  • Macro Photography Gear
  • Macro Lenses
  • Extension Tubes and Bellows
  • Close-Up Filters
  • Focusing Rails
  • Specialty Gear
  • Extreme-Macro Lenses
  • Macro Photography in the Garden
  • Focus Stacking
  • Focus Stacking in Photoshop
  • Photographing Water Drops
  • Approaching Water Drop Photography
  • Reflections and Refractions
  • Spider Web Studio
  • Photographing Little Critters
  • Getting Close
  • Stopping Motion
  • Focusing and Critters
  • Auxiliary Lighting
  • Modifying Light
  • Macro Lighting Tools
  • NOTES, RESOURCES & INDEX
  • Where to Go for More Info
  • Sensor Size Matters
  • About EXIF Data
  • Focal Length
  • Cameras and Lenses
  • List of Figures
  • Locations of Gardens PhotographedBotanical Glossary
  • Photographic Glossary
  • Index

16 reviews for Creative Garden Photography

  • (verified owner)

    I have followed Harold Davis since 2015 and have a number of his books and watch his educational videos on YouTube every chance I get. This is yet another excellent book from Harold; I suggest anyone looking to get better at garden photography purchase a copy!

  • (verified owner)

    This is an excellent books on garden photography. It is more on photography technique than photoshop skills. All technique has been well explained. Another good book from Harold Davis. Highly recommend!! Excellent choice for garden photography!

  • I have read and much enjoyed Harold Davis’ other books on photography, so I am excited about this one on garden photography – especially since we are in the middle of garden season. Also, with our current pandemic, visiting gardens is something we can safely do with our cameras.

    I love his section on black and white garden photography. I think many people don’t envision their flower photos in monochromatic format but he does a great job of telling us how to pick the right subjects and how to deal with the photos post-production.

    I have read other photography books on the flower and garden as subjects but have never seen a chapter like Davis includes on types of gardens, garden design, and gardens as status 🙂 He gives us specific tips using his own gardening techniques as demonstrations.

    The bulk of this book covers just about every topic and subtopic a photographer would ever need to photograph flowers and gardens: he talks about, for example, diffusion, exposure, how to choose a tripod and when to use one, how to achieve soft focus and sharp focus, using tilt-shift lenses, aperture, HDR, multiple exposures, and many, many more topics. This is a superb resource for a flower photographer or even someone who wants just to dabble in flower photography.

    The author gives us a chapter on impressionistic photography which I found especially interestIng. I had not thought about trying ICM — In-camera motion — in a garden setting, but now I will.

    He also discusses other creative exposure strategies such as multiple exposures and out of focus exposures. he tells us how to create an impressionistic multiple exposure photo which, in my experience, is a pretty unique idea. I am eager to try it and happy that we are in garden season right now 🙂

    Toward the end of this superb book Davis talks about indoor flower photography, which is great. Once garden season is over it is convenient to go to the grocery store and buy a few floral subjects.

    The author also gives us substantive sections on macro photography, focus stacking, and lighting. I can’t believe how comprehensive this book is!

    I looked again at the cover and was reminded that the title is “ creative garden photography“. The title reflects the true nature of this book. Davis discusses countless unusual methods of photographing gardens. One could never be disappointed looking through this book for ideas on what to try next :-). Me, I can’t wait to read it again.

  • (verified owner)

    This is another very good book by Harold Davis. It is full of good information on photography techniques as well as interesting ideas on how to get creative in the garden. This book will appeal to photographers of all levels. Definitely an excellent choice for anyone interested in flower and garden photography.

  • (verified owner)

    Harold Davis is the Master of what he does. This book is beautifully printed and organized After studying his 2012 book “Exploring Macro Worlds” I knew I just had to have this newest book. It does not disappoint. The book is full of great information, inspiration and lovely photos. Thank you Harold for another fantastic work of art.

  • (verified owner)

    Another great book by Harold Davis. Lots of great examples of his flower photography . Covers in the garden, studio and lightbox techniques. The printing is also great. Covers a lot of material for sure. I know that this book will improve my garden and flower photography. That is what I expect from a photography book, help in enhancing my skills by learning from a true master of photography. Thanks Harold, and Phyllis his wife and Rocky Nook for this stellar book.

  • (verified owner)

    Well worth the money. Lots of good ideas and information on how to make them happen. He is an expert and the book helps us to become one too.

  • (verified owner)

    There are some gorgeous and very inspirational photos in this book. Harold has been to some exotic and beautiful gardens throughout the world and has included many well-done photos of these lovely places. He includes information on how to create the many setups so it’s an informative book but for me, it’s more inspirational and aspirational. I’m really enjoying this book.

  • (verified owner)

    Harold Davis has seen a lot of beautiful gardens. This book allowed me to take a walk with Mr. Davis, metaphorically speaking. He explains what to look for when creating an image. The importance of thinking about what you are trying to show, what you are trying to say when creating an image. He talks about lighting, the importance of going to places in different kinds of weather and different times of the day and of the year. The chapter on taking black and white pictures of flowers was revealing. I’ve always thought that colors brings the beauty of a garden to life, but after reading what Mr. Davis has to say and looking at the photographs he has taken, I go to my local gardens and view the familiar with a different eye. This book talks about the hows extremely well – how to look for images, how to set up your equipment to take an image, how to set your exposure, how to process the images. He talks about artists that inspire him, about the techniques that he learned from the masters and how these same techniques can be used for photographing gardens, for photographing flowers. Flowers and gardens are colorful but now I look forward to taking images in black and white. Maybe even try some lightbox photography. So many great ideas to try . A book of exploration and inspiration.

  • This is a fantastic book on ‘garden’ photography specifically because of the author’s (Harold Davis) definition of a ‘garden’. In Mr. Davis’ world almost anything can become a garden if you open your eyes and use your imagination. The book is beautifully produce both in content and imagery and the printing is superb. The majority of the book is how to visualize and take the image rather than how to use post-processing. I really got into the last chapter on ‘close-up’; his images were outstanding and something to strive for. Kudos Mr. Davis for a job well done.

  • (verified owner)

    I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of this book WOW! I am not disappointed. The layout is fantastic. The pictures are beautiful, and the tutorials are thoughtful and easy to follow along. The tips for equipment to use is very helpful. I have other books by Harold Davis and I must say this is one of the very best. Shout out to RockyNook for always being a source of quality instructional and inspiring material

  • (verified owner)

    Harold Davis’s creative gardens book is fantastic! There are so many beautiful images and great information about gardens and flowers. The book is both beautiful to look at and full of great tips for photographers who actually want to improve their skills and learn how to use a Lightbox for unique images. Harold is very generous in sharing his years of experience as a photographer. This is one of the best photography books I own.

  • (verified owner)

    A wealth of knowledge and creativity! Harold Davis is one of my favorite photography educators, and this book is one of my favorite finds from Rocky Nook. Not only does he teach a creative approach, but he also delves into techniques both in-photo and post-processing that will enhance your photography in the garden and beyond.
    The book is absolutely gorgeous, and it’s clear that much care and thought went into it. I look forward to spending many happy hours improving and enhancing my skills.

  • (verified owner)

    I am a keen gardener and love visiting gardens so this looked good. It turned our to be more than good 🙂 It covers a diverse range of ideas, both in camera and effects added in post-processing to give one ideas for trying. The various post processing techniques are not tied to one program which is helpful. I am in the process of trying some of these ideas and am sure they will help me in the creative processes of my own photography 🙂 🙂

    So I thoroughly recommend this beautiful book.

  • (verified owner)

    Excellent book. Harold Davis is an accomplished teacher & his images are amazing. I have been shooting macro & flower images for a number of years, but I learned so much from this book. At first, I was only going to purchase the ebook and then decided to also get the book. I am so glad I decided to get the book also & I wish other ebooks offered a book as well. I have a number of “flower people” that will be receiving this book as a gift.

  • (verified owner)

    Excellent and inspirational book (and very nice pictures) on garden photography. A bit of philosophy but lots of exciting techniques (that were unfamiliar at least to me) explained. I am happy with my purchase – and this time print book clearly wins competition against e-book!

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