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Working The Light: Landscape Photography Masterclass [Paperback]

Joe Cornish , Charlie Waite , David Ward , Eddie Ephraums
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Book Description

25 Nov 2006 Landscape Photography Mastercl

The authors are among Britain’s best known and most respected landscape photographers; all three also write about their work in books and magazines and regularly lead the popular workshops organised by their company, Light and Land, in Britain and abroad. In this book they have combined forces to share their wide-ranging experience and expertise.

The book is divided into three sections, each introduced by one of the authors who are among Britain’s best-known and most respected landscape photography experts:

Wilderness- Joe Cornish,
Inhabited - Charlie Waite
Inner-landscapes - David Ward.

Alongside a portfolio of their latest work, each writes about the genre for which they are so well-known: how they came to it, what inspires them, their current projects and the directions in which they see their work developing - for example, what future role might digital play for these lovers of film?

Each section also includes a selection of the best photographs submitted by participants in the Light and Land workshops accompanied by comments, critiques and advice from the authors whose collective wisdom and experience will be invaluable.

The combination of stunning imagery with inspirational and insightful three-to-one advice makes Light & Land a truly unique experience, which no landscape enthusiast will want to do without. This is expected to be the first in a regular series of books based on the work of Light and Land.


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Argentum (25 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902538463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902538464
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Cornish is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest contemporary landscape photographers. He has lectured and exhibited in Britain and overseas, led workshops and written a number of successful books, including Scotland’s Coast and Scotland’s Mountains, both published by Aurum, and Joe Cornish: A Photographer at Work and First Light -both published under the Aurum photography imprint Argentum.

Photographer Charlie Waite is noted for his ‘painterly’ approach in using light and shade, as well as for his square format images. He has authored a number of books and also runs and helps run the Light and Land tour company.

Photographer David Ward has worked extensively throughout the all over the world. His previous book was Landscape Within (also published by Argentum). He writes regularly for Outdoor Photography magazine and runs courses for the photographic travel firm, Light & Land.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good class, but not really a "master" class 14 Sep 2007
By N. Ross
Format:Paperback
The concept of this book is very clever - Three wonderful British landscape photographers critiquing their own and each other's work, as well as critiquing images by participants in their landscape photography workshops. The critiques are useful in showing how others respond to and interpret landscape images.

But, really, to be a master class, half of the book is missing.

I bought this book assuming that it would have a number of master images with details of how they were made and the critiques of why they have worked. But there are only a very small number of images that invoke the emotional response that I want when looking at landscape images. (E.g. "Sluga Pass, Italy" by Charlie Waite, p.65 is very powerful and "Budle Bay" by David Ward, p.112, is delicious.) The remaining images are all good, but few of them make me say "Wow" when I look at them. I know that there are plenty of books that do critique great images, but I was expecting that this would be one of them, as well as have other content.

So, the photographers' critiques of those images are good - looking at some elements that might have helped bring in that "wow" factor. But I think there should have been more detailed constructive feedback (they guys are a little too nice sometimes), and more amazing images with perhaps essays on what are the elements that make stunning landscape photos stunning.

The other part that's missing is a section (or sections) on landscape images that aren't the straight, full-colour, "nature in all its glory" photographs. I really like those kinds of shots - that's one of the reasons I bought this book. But what about more interpretive images?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A photographic masterclass 21 Nov 2010
By surfer
Format:Paperback
Loved this book. The quality of the pictures and the printing is excellent. This book includes my most favourite photographers. Love the critiques but unfortunately the printing is rather small to read comfortably, hence, the 4 out of 5 rating. Would thoroughly recommend this book though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 16 Mar 2010
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A great book, plenty of outstanding pictures commented by talented photographers. A great way to improve my own lansdcape photography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars buy this book! 4 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
well, what can I say about this book? Firstly, I am a collector of specialist photo books. to be in my collection the books must obviously have good pics. but they also need to have v good reproduction quality (so many photo books have poor print quality which is such a shame)and must be well designed. I find that too many iconic photo books are spoiled by poor layout such as spreading too many pics over the two pages, or creating huge coffee table portflios when a small book would suffice, or cropping the photos to fit the page(arggh). this book is coceived and made by photographers for photographers. its CRAMNED with pics that will trigger emotions - which is what this book is all about. I like the critiques given and the debate about each photo. sometimes its a bit pretentious in its language and approach. but then life is all about accepting people not judging them.

so DO buy this book if you want your senses tingled and want your brain to engage with the photographers and their art. the majority of pics are taken by gifted amateurs wanting to break out into the career marekt. so do them all a favour and buy this book. can wait for the next one in the series

Barry (Hitchin)
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent examples book 1 Jan 2007
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This is a excellent book full of modern examples, with a couple of pages of critique. It is not so much of a "Masterclass" as claimed in the title, you learn through looking at other people's photographs as opposed to more technical works (Ansel Adams book 1 etc.)

A very good book, a must have for the keen landscape photographer
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5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a great series 24 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
This is a great book for those who may feel unable to afford to attend a workshop or do not have the opportunity. One of it's great strengths is it features work by the masters giving the class and also work by participants. So long as you know the basic workings of photography you will learn something here that other books don't offer
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This is a first class book, full of practical and aesthetic insights. The submitted photographs have varying degrees of merit as one would expect drawn from such a range of contributors but the pertinent remarks by the "experts" are insightful and helpful. Having read it through I'm now enjoying the "dip into" phase and, as always with a good book, discovering things which I had missed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
All the books in the this series, all edited by Eddie Ephraums, are beautifully put together and the format works well for the content. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Interesring book with some excellent Photos and advice,well worth buying, i wish it was Hard back though.Good value for money.
Published 15 months ago by Bill Pini
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Cornish Working the Light
I was inspired to buy and read this book after meeting the author, and I was not disappointed. The images are as expected amazing to behold and the content very interesting. Read more
Published 18 months ago by F. H. LLOYD-OWEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening your outlook
Yet another excellent book from Joe Cornish. He is informative over the importance of light and its impact upon the landscapes being viewed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr John O'Neill
3.0 out of 5 stars Could Do Better
As a long-time fan of Joe Cornish and Charlie Waite, this book was a particularly special birthday treat. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2012 by SummitMCL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tutorials, well written
I teach photography, so am always on the lookout for good, well written text books on specific aspects of photography. This is one such book. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by D. R. Tunnicliffe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book and quick delivery.
This book was exactly what I expected. Lovely detailed pictures with some helpful and expert tips. Good book for amateur photographers to see how it's done.
Published on 4 May 2009 by John AM
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