How to Take Better Landscape Photos in Midday Sun

Midday sun can be very difficult to work with, but that does not mean you can't get great images during the middle of the day. This helpful video will show you how to take better landscape photos when dealing with midday sun.

Coming to you from Nigel Danson, this great video will show you how to take better landscape photos in midday sun. The problem with midday sun is that it tends to produce very hard light, which in turn produces harsh, garish shadows. All that being said, that doesn't mean hard, harsh light can never produce good images; just like any other light, you have to embrace it and work in a manner that takes advantage of its better qualities. When it comes to midday light, you'll often find that passing clouds constantly change the interplay of light and shadow on the landscape, and this can dramatically emphasize different aspects of the frame and offer you many different shots in just the span of a few minutes. Check out the video above to hear Danson's full thoughts.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi." 

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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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Stick with morning,clouds, late afternoon, evening, or use PS etc to modiify ..
If you think more DR on your camera helps .. wake up and smell the coffee ..

I’ve been enjoying shooting during the day this year, why should we limit ourselves to stupid early mornings or hanging around for an hour at sunset.

I’m glad to see the online community is buying into this idea too, also promoting summer photography. I was beginning to think both things were a crime.

Mid-day sun isn't good for every shot but I have to admit, it can make some scenes look almost surreal. The harsh light can make the old barns look a little more "rustic."

I knew a Norwegian mountain rescue doctor who claimed that there was no bad weather, just bad clothes. There is no bad light, just a need for appropriate techniques when a photograph is made.

Great tips for a beginning like myself. I live in The Valley of the Sun (Phoenix AZ) and we have some absolutely amazing sunrises and sunsets here but the rest of the time it's all blue skies no clouds and direct sunlight. I have just been shooting at all times and seeing what i come up with. Having fun with my trial and error learning.

Circular Polariser and working with shadows are your friends in those conditions:)