The Importance of Light in a Landscape Photo

In landscape photography, we do not get control over the light on the scene, but just like any other genre, light can make or break an image. Knowing how to read the light, predict its evolution, and wait for it to be just right is crucial to creating successful images. This great video tutorial will show you why just how much of a difference it can make. 

Coming to you from Mike Browne, this excellent video tutorial will show you the importance of light in landscape photography. It is common to find a scene that is dramatic and compelling but when the light just is not right to bring out all its best features, and it can be frustrating to wait for the right light to arrive or to even commit to coming back another time. However, that patience will pay off. Often, the difference between a pretty snapshot and a portfolio-worthy photo is the light in the scene. In fact, many professional landscape photographers will revisit locations many times until they get the exact images they are after. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Browne. 

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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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