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The Different Types of Light You Should Use for Landscape Photography

We often tend to think of the best light for landscape photography as being during the golden hours, but depending on what you're trying to emphasize, different types of light and times of day can be better for your final image. This great video talks about the various types of light and how to orient yourself to take the best possible image.

Coming to you from Creative Live and featuring National Geographic Photographer Frans Lanting, this great video examines the different types of light you'll see in landscape photography and how you should consider using them depending on what you're trying to bring out in a photograph. As Lanting notes, light is the most important aspect of any photograph, and it takes careful consideration of the type, timing, and usage of it to create compelling imagery. For example, if you're trying to emphasize the texture of a scene, orienting yourself perpendicularly to the sun will allow you to capture the shadows and highlights that give the necessary contrast to bring out that texture. If you spend any time shooting landscapes or natural elements, I definitely recommend taking a few minutes to watch the video above, as it'll give you some good broad ideas to keep in mind when you're out shooting. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Simple, but useful. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed that video.

Everything is said in 3 minutes. Great video