How Light Influences Your Landscape Photography and How to Predict It

Light is the basic ingredient of all photos and predicting where it hits gives you a huge benefit as a landscape photographer.

Back in November, I visited Lofoten for the first time, which was a huge success from the perspective of landscape photography. I experienced the most incredible light on a mountain I have ever seen (I am from Denmark, we do not have mountains) and that specific light influenced my photography a great deal that day. We had glowing red morning light for hours, as the sun did not rise more than a few degrees above the horizon during daytime. A remarkable sight! While the sun moved over the lower part of the sky, the light obviously changed with it.

In mountain areas at these latitudes, even a few days dramatically change the position of the rising and setting sun and the direction of its light, as it might rise from behind a mountain it did not do only a few days earlier. Being able to predict these changes or directly see them beforehand is a great advantage to plan your location and position. In the above video I talk about how light influence your photography and I show how to use Google Earth to predict where and when the light will hit. I also mention if you are on an iOS device you are in luck as you have the advantage of using the Photographer’s Ephemeris 3D.

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Mikkel Beiter's picture

Always some great stuff you present to us Mads! Thanks a lot!

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

You're most welcome, Mikkel :)

Hans Aslaksen's picture

A great read Mads!

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

You're welcome, Hans. I hope you enjoyed the video too :)

Kai Hornung's picture

This just increases my desire to visit Lofoten during that time of year.

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

You should and also Iceland. Having only amazing light during the day and a long time for photographing the auroras is what I prefer! Obviously given that there's not too many clouds ;)