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  • Lesson 1

    Good Garden Photography series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    "We begin Composition 101 with one basic rule: fill the frame. Remember this primary concept every time you take a picture."
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  • Lesson 2

    Good Garden Photography series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    "Every technique assumes that you will use the whole frame as we learned in Lesson 1. Now, how do we arrange the elements into a balanced composition?" ibook google_play

    $1.99

  • Lesson 3

    Good Garden Photography series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    "Learning how to read the quality of light is the single most important skill in good garden photography. Even a good composition will fail if the light is bad."
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    $1.99

  • Lesson 4

    Good Garden Photography series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    "So far, in these lessons on garden photography, we have explored the rudiments of composition and light in making good garden photos. In this lesson, we step back and begin to analyze why we take pictures"
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  • Lesson 5

    Good Garden Photography series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    "This lesson in the PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop covers a wide range of ideas to help you create your own style, to provoke and inspire your viewers."
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  • Lesson 6

    Good Garden Photography series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    "A good garden photograph is more than a pleasing composition. It should communicate something of the photographer’s appreciation of the garden…"
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  • In Production

    Camera and Computer - Book 4 of the 4 part PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops.   Follow lessons being developed within Living Books
  • Lesson 1

    Think Like a Camera series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    Framing is the first lesson in THINK LIKE A CAMERA, series 2 of the PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop with garden photographer Saxon Holt. The camera is an artistic tool that frames a composition in two dimensions. Learn techniques of lines, shape, and focal points found in all good gardens to fill the frame with strong compositions. ibook google_play

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  • Lesson 2

    Think Like a Camera series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    Every photo should have a focal point, a spot within the frame where your story is told. The rule of thirds helps place those “sweet spots.” Focal Points is the second lesson in THINK LIKE A CAMERA, the second series of the PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop with garden photographer Saxon Holt. The camera is an artistic tool that frames a composition in two dimensions. Learn techniques of lines, shape, and focal points found in all good gardens to fill the frame with strong compositions. ibook google_play

    $1.99

  • Lesson 3

    Think Like a Camera series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    Leading Lines is the third lesson in THINK LIKE A CAMERA, the second series of the PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop with garden photographer Saxon Holt. The camera is an artistic tool that frames a composition in two dimensions. Learn techniques of lines, shape, and focal points found in all good gardens to fill the frame with strong compositions. ibook google_play

    $1.99

  • Lesson 4

    Think Like a Camera series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    Where will you set up the camera to take the picture you think you see? The exact point of view—slightly to one side of your subject or perhaps down low—is critical to a good composition. Point of View is the fourth lesson in THINK LIKE A CAMERA, the second series of the PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop with garden photographer Saxon Holt. The camera is an artistic tool that frames a composition in two dimensions. Learn techniques of lines, shape, and focal points found in all good gardens to fill the frame with strong compositions. ibook google_play

    $1.99

  • Lesson 5

    Think Like a Camera series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    The camera sees in two dimensions. The shapes and spaces created within the four edges of the frame need to be balanced. Those shapes often include negative space that may result when the three dimensions of real life are reduced down to only two in a photo. Space and Shape is the fifth lesson in THINK LIKE A CAMERA, the second series of the PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop with garden photographer Saxon Holt. The camera is an artistic tool that frames a composition in two dimensions. Learn techniques of lines, shape, and focal points found in all good gardens to fill the frame with strong compositions. ibook google_play

    $1.99

  • Lesson 6

    Think Like a Camera series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    A camera is a great tool that helps you distill overall impressions into a distinct capture — those details we really see. This lesson will help you learn to find the photo within the photo. Details and Vignettes is the sixth and final lesson in THINK LIKE A CAMERA, the second series of the PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop with garden photographer Saxon Holt. The camera is an artistic tool that frames a composition in two dimensions. Learn techniques of lines, shape, and focal points found in all good gardens to fill the frame with strong compositions. ibook google_play

    $1.99

  • Lesson 1

    Think Like a Gardener series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    Every garden has a theme, whether accidental or purposeful, well-maintained or messy. The garden fits into its surroundings, and that fit is the design — how it occupies the space it lives in. Design is a big part of the story of any good garden photograph. Design and Space is the first lesson in the THINK LIKE A GARDENER series: a collection of exercises designed to extend the photographer's perception of garden design to finding themes and telling stories. The THINK LIKE A GARDENER series is part three of the 4-part PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop. There are six easy to follow lessons in each series. ibook google_play

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  • Lesson 2

    Think Like a Gardener series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops


    Hardscape is what physically defines a garden — the bones. For landscape architects, it is the frame upon which the plants are draped; look for it as you consciously compose your picture. Hardscape is the second lesson in the THINK LIKE A GARDENER series: a collection of exercises designed to extend the photographer's perception of garden design to finding themes and telling stories.  ibook google_play

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  • Lesson 3

    Think Like a Gardener series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops

      To a gardener, it may seem obvious that daffodils suggest spring, roses peak in summer, apples mean autumn, and bare trees represent winter. This may be obvious to you but perhaps not to your viewer. And it may be so obvious to you that you overlook the seasonal potential for garden photography. Weather, Moods, and Seasons is the third lesson in the THINK LIKE A GARDENER series: a collection of exercises designed to extend the photographer's perception of garden design to finding themes and telling stories. ibook google_play

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  • Lesson 4

    Think Like a Gardener series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops

      Garden photographers must learn to avoid hot, contrasty light and understand that soft light gives a better dynamic range and rich, realistic color. Using the Light is the fourth lesson in the THINK LIKE A GARDENER series: a collection of exercises designed to extend the photographer's perception of garden design to finding themes and telling stories. ibook google_play

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  • Lesson 5

    Think Like a Gardener series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops

      When faced with the overwhelming choices in a beautiful garden, it is almost essential for garden photographers to give themselves a target, an assignment. Finding a Theme is the fifth lesson in the THINK LIKE A GARDENER series: a collection of exercises designed to extend the photographer's perception of garden design to finding themes and telling stories. ibook google_play

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  • Lesson 6

    Think Like a Gardener series

    The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops

      A photograph of a plant should be as carefully considered as was the plant when it was placed in the garden. The photo should reveal a genuine understanding of the plant in its setting. Photographing Garden Plants is the sixth lesson in the THINK LIKE A GARDENER series: a collection of exercises designed to extend the photographer's perception of garden design to finding themes and telling stories. ibook google_play

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  • $29.95

    Now available as Softcover Edition

    Inspired by The American Rose Society and eight rose books, this comprehensive guide to photographing roses covers techniques mastered over 30 years of shooting the queen flower of the plant kingdom.

    This softcover printed book is on our Blurb Store.  Please note: this directs you to separate Checkout Cart.

    (E-Book pdf download $14.95)

     
  • Good Garden Photography - Book 1 of the  4 part e-book series: The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop. Awarded the Gold as Best Book Overall by Garden Writers Association for overall excellence in writing, photography, and design for garden book published in 2014. Also available as lessons with comments to readers in The Garden Photography Workshop section of Living Books Individual lessons available as iBooks.  
  • Think Like A Camera - Book 2 of the 4 part PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop e-books. Individual lessons available as iBooks.  
  • Think Like a Gardener - Book 3 of the 4 part PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop e-books. Individual lessons available as iBooks.  
  • E-Book Edition ! Join Mailing List for 10% Discount (on E-book only) - mention discount

    Inspired by The American Rose Society and eight rose books, this comprehensive guide to photographing roses covers techniques mastered over 30 years of shooting the queen flower of the plant kingdom.

    Softcover printed book available on our Blurb Store $29.95.  Please note: this is a separate checkout page.

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  • Hardy Succulents - Tough Plants for every Climate

    From agaves to ice plants, and from sedums to sempervivums, hardy succulent plants bring beauty, versatility, and intrigue to perennial gardens in every hardiness zone. No longer relegated to desert climates, succulents offer extraordinary color, texture, durability, and ease of care. It's no wonder succulents are some of the hottest plants to capture the attention of enthusiastic growers in all zones. USA Shipping Only
  • Grasses

    $19.95

    Grasses:  Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design

    "GRASSES - a beautiful and practical guide to raising ornamental grasses in one's garden. Filled cover to cover with excellent color photographs by life-long gardener and gardening photographer Saxon Holt of aesthetic and splendid grasses, the profusely illustrated text presents the reader with a wide choice of colored grasses to best accentuate the beauty of one's garden and how to best select choice plants for wet, dry, hot, or shady sites. Highly recommended for personal and professional gardening, horticultural and landscaping reference collections, even non-gardeners will appreciate the dazzling, coffee-table book quality photography of this singularly elegant yet practical guide." USA Shipping Only
  • Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates

    At its core, Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates encourages gardeners to understand and work in harmony with their region. By choosing naturally occurring, climate-appropriate plants, gardeners can promote healthier ecosystems and make a difference from their own backyards. Working with rather than against the summer-dry climate means reducing impact on water supplies and creating spaces that attract and sustain wildlife. It means taking a step back, letting nature assert itself in the garden, and welcoming in the unique wildness of these special regions. USA Shipping Only  
  • Now Sold Out and Out of Print. A CD of the plant photographs in searchable database can be ordered here. The inspiration for the Summer-Dry book in the PhotoBotanic Learning Center, this beautiful 320-page book features more than 650 native Californian and Mediterranean plants photographed in garden settings. It showcases landscaping in summer-dry climates such as the West Coast of California and other Mediterranean regions of the world. If we are to promote sustainable garden practices in California and other summer-dry climates we need to change the aesthetic of what we expect to see in a garden photograph to give gardeners a new way of considering beauty in gardens.
  • Now Sold Out and Out of Print. Used copies may be available Amazon. Collector's book - $500, autographed copies by John Greenlee and Saxon Holt. The American Meadow Garden; Published by Timber Press with John Greenlee as my writer. OK, OK most folks think I was John’s photographer, but if you are reading this you KNOW photographers get equal billing. Whoever’s book it is, I think we made a good team.  The book won awards from The Garden Writers Association and The American Horticultural Society.  It begins with a survey of natural meadows around the United States, showing the magnificent variety of meadows and grass ecologies that form the basis of any garden meadow. The book then profiles garden meadows in regions across the country from Chicago, St Louis, Albuquerque and Los Angeles and includes an encyclopedia of grasses.  Read more on the Amazon order page.  
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