You might think that the best landscape images are made with dramatic, hard light that casts arcing shadows across the land. And while that can certainly make for great images, you might be surprised to learn why flat, "boring" light can actually be a landscape photographer's best friend.
Coming to you from Nigel Danson, this great video discusses why flat, "boring" light can be such a useful thing for landscape photographers. Personally, one reason I love flat light is the massive amount of post-processing latitude it gives you. Today's cameras have a vast range of file latitude, and when you start with a flatter file, you can really shape the final edit to your liking, especially through dodging and burning to bring more emphasis to your subject. It can be much more difficult to drastically shape or alter the light in a photograph with harsher light, as it tends to be more "baked into" the scene. This is the same reason why a lot of natural light portrait photographers love an overcast day. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Danson.
And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi."