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Photography Essentials: Waiting for the Light [Hardcover]

David Noton
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28 Mar 2008
"Waiting for the Light" is a breathtaking visual celebration of David Noton's work to date as one of the world's finest landscape photographers.It is a long-awaited exploration of David's images, showcasing the very best from his extensive global portfolio, with photographs from every continent.The accompanying text places an emphasis on his use of light, and his ability to capture the essence of a place through outstanding landscape photography. David offers amateurs and professionals inspirational and practical advice on how to achieve this in their own work.It contains an invaluable chapter exploring the impact that transferring David's workflow from traditional to digital has had on his working practices and output.Beautifully displayed images combined with explanatory captions and practical, revealing text, make this an indispensable must-have for any photographer.


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles PLC (28 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715327410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715327418
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 24.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Born in Bedfordshire in 1957, David started exploring the world at a young age. Now an award winning landscape and travel photographer with over 30 years' experience as a professional under his belt, David has travelled to just about every corner of the Globe.

In 2008, David published Waiting for the Light, followed by Full Frame and now The Vision. A prestigious collection of books from an award-winning photographer. David's books contain his unique writing style combined with a breath-taking portfolio of landscape and travel images, providing insight into the life of this photographer, his techniques and experience.

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Review from Wanderlust - Waiting for the light isn't just a showcase of Noton's best work. Through a series of essays, detailed captions, commentary on his own shots, diary entries and a gallery section. Noton shares his know-how, and explains how to truly capture the essence of a scene. --Wanderlust<br /><br />Review from RPS Journal - The essence of the book is about how photographers use their eyes, how you develop a photograph with vision. One of my longest standing clients is The National Trust, that dates right back to 1985. --RPS Journal<br /><br />Review from Practical Photography - One of the best landscapers in the world. noton's inimitably dry wit shines through in his photo essays, captions and diary entries, and whether you're a landscaper or a travel photographer at heart, David's work is never less than exemplary. Highly recommended. --Practical Photography

If landscapes is your subject or you re considering having a go, we d recommend this book without any question of doubt. --Ephotozine

Review from Practical Photography - One of the best landscapers in the world. noton's inimitably dry wit shines through in his photo essays, captions and diary entries, and whether you're a landscaper or a travel photographer at heart, David's work is never less than exemplary. Highly recommended. --Practical Photography

About the Author

David Noton is one of the world's most renowned landscape photographers, and runs his own highly successful freelance photography company. For many years he has worked for the UK's National Trust on countless commissions and he co-authored the NT publication Coast. For the last few years David has written a regular column for Practical Photography. David lives in Sherborne, Dorset, UK.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not that great 24 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm fairly new to more serious photography and ordered a few photography books including this one at the same time from Amazon. Of the three I ordered I would put this at the bottom of the list. It's ok, there are some great pictures and some entertaining stories, but there is little technical information on each individual shot apart from the camera and lens used i.e. no information on aperture, shutter speed or filters used.

I also ordered Ian Camerons 'Transient Light' at the same time and found this much more interesting and useful. I think Ian Cameron tries to share his experience more through his book whereas I feel David Noton's book is just more of a showcase for his work. There is more useful information on David Notons website and you can also view most of the pictures in this book there as well, so slightly disappointed...

Just for the record, the other book I ordered at the same time was the RSPB guide to Digital Wildlife Photography. If you also have an interest in Wildlife Photography, it's worth a look.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and inspiring book 14 April 2008
Format:Hardcover
This lovely book of Notons best work is perfect for any photographer needing a bit of inspiration. Beautifully detailed colour images and interesting text are combined for a perfect match of creative and technical skill. The journal entries are engaging and make this lovely edition much more than just your average photography book.
If you buy one photography book this year, make it Waiting For The Light.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 3 May 2008
Format:Hardcover
David Noton is well known both for his photography and for his very accessible articles in a number of photography magazines. This book doesnt disappoint on either score: a range of fantastic photographs, each with an illuminating backstory, accompanied by longer sections that give some real insight into David's approach to photography.

Great to dip into when looking for inspiration and a good read to boot - the best photography book I've bought in quite a while.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're into Landscape Photography 30 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
Then you will enjoy this book. Noton is a well established Landscape Photographer and this book not only shows off his work it gives an insight into the thinking that created each image, the life of a proffessional photographer and more importantly, for me, some useful (i really mean useful ) tips from the trade. I recommend this book to anyone aspiring to take a landscape image whether it be for private, public or for profit, there is much in it for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable book 29 May 2009
Format:Paperback
A really enjoyable book on a number of different levels and fully merits the 5 stars others have given:

Images are great and the book would be a good one if there was nothing more than this: the pictures are nicely printed and of a reasonable size (not the case in many books), the glossy paper helps.

Very good insight into the thinking behind how David Noton creates his images without going into lots of technical detail. He has an easygoing accessible style and a sense of humour.

Gives you a good view of what life as a photographer might be like (involves a lot of dedication and hard work).

Can be read straight through or almost as a series of articles: It's a nice mix that includes photo essays and journals- Good value as it is only the price of 3 or 4 magazines. I'm thinking about buying the DVD and landscapes are not my specialty!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting For This Book 15 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
I cannot remember when, if ever, I have reached the last page in a book only to return immediately to the first page and start all over again. Waiting For The Light is a rare gem - a fusion of incredible art combined with the words and thoughts of a man who lays bare his passion, and who writes of his endless hours and days waiting for that one, right, fleeting moment when nature contrives to present the photographer with an image so rare that only one person may be there to capture it. David Noton is the Michelangelo of landscape photographers and this book is truly a work of art. The narrative is fascinating; the photography breathtaking; and the combination of both makes for a book that cannot be recommended highly enough. One can only hope that there will be more to come from this gifted and talented man.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work from my favourite photographer. 12 Aug 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A fabulous book.
I just wish it was available in a larger format so none of the photos were spread across two pages.
No matter - if you like landscape and travel photography you're bound to be impressed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - inspiring 1 May 2008
Format:Hardcover
This book is absolutely superb. Notons photographs are amazing to say the least and you can tell he plans for many hours before pressing that shutter button.

A great coffee table book

I also recommend you invest in his DVD 'Cahsing the Light' no available on Amazon I'm afraid at the moment but on his website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
A very well received gift for a keen photographer broadening her horizons. It was even more poignant as some of the photographs were of places she has visited and the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. K. O'dell
4.0 out of 5 stars David Noton, what can you say
Always worth the read and always pick some gem up from planning to execution and not forgetting the stunning images which you can't help but admire
Published 5 months ago by Mr R S HALL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Although this is Davids first book of three, I got this one last as I found the other two inspirational. I was not dissapointed with "Waiting For the Light". Read more
Published 5 months ago by cslofty
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
well written book, just an easy read , David explains everything very well and in detail, this book goes well in hand with his DVD Chasing the Light
Published 16 months ago by Wendy Smedley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
After being a happy snapper for many years I am now trying to improve my images, this book is a tremendous help and is great at all levels
Published 16 months ago by Peter Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and entertaining, great read.
I absolutely loved this booked! Well written in an informal, entertaining style. I literally couldn't put it down and read it one afternoon. Read more
Published on 17 May 2012 by SC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Excelent book, good quality paper back and well finished. Has excellent articles with good technical information about the phot. Very inspirational. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2012 by Dixon
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Pictures
""Waiting for the Light" is a breathtaking visual celebration of photographer David Noton's work to date, including some of the world's finest landscape photography. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by G. McColl
5.0 out of 5 stars waiting for the light David Noton
Provides an insight into the life on every continent of the world. David showns the techniques and equipment used. Read more
Published on 21 April 2011 by Mr. M. Quinlivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the Light
This is a beautifully-produced book for any photographer, giving inspiration and ideas for making interesting photographs. Good value for money too!
Published on 28 Dec 2010 by Maud
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