Making the Most of Flat Light in Landscape Photography

When we think of epic landscape photography, we often think of dramatic golden light creating soaring rays and striking shadows, but unfortunately, the sky doesn't always cooperate to give us those results. This great video shows the possibilities we can achieve by embracing flat light. 

Coming to you from Chris Sale, this great video follows him as he shoots in flat light. Perhaps it's because I live in a notoriously cloudy and foggy place, but I've always had a love for soft, flat light. I find it rather peaceful and elegant in its own way. It takes a different eye towards composition, as you can't rely on the light as much to create drama; geometry takes on a more important role within the frame. Nonetheless, you can still do a bit of dodging and burning in post to draw attention to your subject. At the end of the day, when done right, such imagery takes on a subtle and understated look that can be quite tasteful and pleasing. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing the World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing!"

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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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Brilliant! I'm a newbie photographer and not so long ago I realized that I'm crazy about landscape photography. Mr. Sale you've a very nice eye sir! Very pleasant to watch and pretty inspirational too! I'd love to share your works with my colleagues from and write an article about you and your works!

Washington state: shoot in flat light or don't shoot for 9 months a year.

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