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First Light: A Landscape Photographer's Art

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | First Light: A Landscape Photographer's Art.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Joe Cornish(Author)

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Drawing on decades of experience, Joe Cornish, one of Britain’s most distinguished landscape photographers, has distilled the key elements of his craft into a collection of thought-provoking essays accompanied by a stunning selection of his photographs.

From his beloved North Yorkshire, to the rocky canyons of the Colorado Plateau, the photos in First Light have been chosen to reflect the breadth of Joe’s work and to illustrate how he puts his working philosophy into practice.

Each picture is accompanied by text describing the conditions that must be taken into consideration before taking a photo; the composition of the image, including viewpoint, selection of film and filters; and post production treatments.

First Light is replete with supporting technical data and Joe’s own explanations of the thought processes that lay behind the creation of each of these wonderful photographs. These fluent and very personal accounts are full of practical advice on subjects ranging from anticipating changes in the weather or lighting conditions, to the relative advantages of using colour filters.

For all photographers, whether amateur or professional, First Light is a source of on-going inspiration and advice. With a foreword from renowned landscape photographer Charlie Waite, it will also appeal to anyone who appreciates natural beauty and loves landscape for its own sake.

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Book details

  • PDF | 160 pages
  • Joe Cornish(Author)
  • Argentum; UK ed. edition (24 Oct. 2002)
  • English
  • 6
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By Guest on 12 November 2002

    This is not the usual coffee-table book of inspirational, technically perfect, evocative photographs. Neither is it an effective how-to manual full of tips and tricks. This book is both! Page after page of fantastic photography, accompanied by thought provoking text. The text is not simply dry, technical detail, rather a more mental approach to mastering the craft. Joe explains how knowledge of timing, light and composition, can aid in capturing the feeling experienced at the moment of taking the photograph.This book will be a great inspiration to the both the expert and the novice. It will help you capture mood rather than just images.

  • By David Travis on 20 June 2017

    I feel OK describing this as a photography book I read, rather than one where I just looked at the pictures, as there is a lot of text that really does take a few days to read. Mind you, part of that could be because I found myself enjoying the book so much that I didn’t want to rush to the end. The book is similar in approach to Ansel Adams’ book, "Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs". On each double-page spread, Cornish shows one of his pictures, explains his approach to making it and includes a smaller picture that provides an alternative view of the scene (often one that he feels doesn’t work as well). There are about 65 of these double-page spreads, so there’s a serious amount of content here. Many of the pictures are masterful, combining wonderful timing, lighting and composition (Cornish uses the initialism ‘TLC’ to capture these three important components of landscape photography). I found the book inspirational, not least because they were all taken with film, using a large, 5" x 4" view camera on a tripod but also because some are taken in spots that take a serious amount of hiking to get to. My takeaways from this book are: (1) Take time. Try to respond emotionally to a scene before picking a view. (2) Keep it simple by asking: what can I take away from the image? For example, when you find a view, make small adjustments left and right to make objects on different depth planes line up with each other in such a way that the composition is simplified. (3) Try portrait orientation rather than always choosing landscape. For some compositions, this orientation really does work better. I've attached a photo I took while reading the book that I think captures these learning points.

  • By Jakob Dam Knudsen on 15 March 2017

    Beautiful work of art with great explanations by one of the best landscape photographers of all time, Joe Cornish. I bought it just to have a nice landscape photography book from this known photographer, but was very positively surprised by Joe's writings which both teaches and inspires even seasoned photographer veterans.

  • By R. Landberger on 3 September 2017

    excellent condition, better than described.

  • By Fanta on 1 March 2006

    There are several elements making this book outstanding. It shows 60+ photos from the author printed as big as one page, beautifully reproduced, that make many of us, I believe, look in wonder and also feel... miserable (will I ever take such a picture?). For each big picture, there is also a smaller one on the opposing page, of the same subject or location, but taken at a different time and possibly with a different composition. In the text accompanying each pictures pair, Joe Cornish describes the taking of them, the challenges, why he believes one is better than the other. He also addresses and illustrates his, how can I call it, philosophy and techniques of landscape photography, which I believe are lessons and inspiration to anybody interested in the subject. It struck me how he can achieve impeccable color balance with filters and film, no digital camera and RAW converter. Writing is terse, the tone is humble but you feel how passionate he is about photography, a pleasant reading.

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