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Observing the Quality of Light – Photography 101

Light is photography, light is life. It’s light that reveals and hides objects, it  can create shadows and depth, or make them disappear and flatten objects. Light is the key to creating vibrant images; so knowing how light changes in intensity and quality very quickly, as well as reflective values of object is one of the hardest things to master.

Shimmering Orange – Created By: Melissa Fague – Nature Photography

Light can be hard and directional producing well-defined shadows, or it can be soft and diffused producing softer shadows; each will give you a different effect or mood in your photograph.

Hard light for example isn’t very becoming for flesh, it tends to create shadows from wrinkles and pores. Back lighting an object can accentuate colors and can also be utilized for creating silhouettes and halos. Side lighting can emphasize textures through shadows, and front lighting flattens a photo.

Landscape Photography Tip with Jason Odell: Art of the Long Exposure

Landscape Photography Tip with Jason Odell: Art of the Long Exposure

Published by Jason Odell on Oct 2, 2015

In this landscape photography tutorial we explore the art of long exposure with professional landscape photographer Jason P. Odell. In this video Jason discusses the art and artistry of creative long exposure photography and the history as well as the techniques he uses to create his stunning landscape photographs.

Big Dreams by Jason Odell on 500px.com



Landscape Photography Tip with Karl Taylor: Seascape Photography Cheats, Tips & Tricks!

Landscape Photography Tip with Karl Taylor: Seascape Photography Cheats, Tips & Tricks!

Published By: Karl Taylor  on Aug 5, 2016

In this landscape photography tutorial, we join landscape photographer Karl Taylor down at a lovely location looking for decent coastal details and seascape compositions. We watch as he creates a couple of shots that should work out well. In this video he also reveals a few useful landscape photo tips that he uses when looking for seascape shots – PLUS there’s a little cheat he use during his shoots!


Landscape Photography Tip with Elia Locardi: Photographing The World Free

Fstoppers partnered up with Elia Locardi to produce one of the most comprehensive landscape photography tutorials ever filmed. The lessons include multiple locations, countries, shooting tips, and post processing techniques.

Landscape Photography Tips: Altering Plans

Bodie Lighthouse Glass Plate Effect Bodie Lighthouse Glass Plate Effect is an artistic landscape photograph of historic black and white horizontal striped structure, Bodie Island Lighthouse and the surrounding marshland and saltwater flats. The Bodie Lighthouse was built in 1872 and in 156 foot tall. The vintage glass plate overlay was applied to the photograph in post-production to create the appearance of history or age while showing the beautiful details of the restored light. Fine Art Landscape Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Architectural / Landscape Photography Item ID# LAND-0139

Bodie Lighthouse Glass Plate Effect by Landscape Photographer Melissa Fague

Last we talked about the benefits of planning your landscape photography shoots before you head out for it. Even though having a well-researched location and a solid plan of what you want to shoot during your trip, plans are never set in stone. For one thing, Mother Nature has a habit of regularly throwing plenty of curve-balls at you when you’re out on location. And while there are a lot of weather apps to help you plan and get up to date weather condition changes there are still unexpected things that can occur on the shoot. As a photographer, you should always expect the unexpected to occur.

For example, hypothetically speaking say a heavy rain storm came through the area you wanted to photograph days earlier. Your shoot date is pristine however, the storm did damage in the area. The aftermath of the storm could be alterations to a landscape, such as changes in water levels and even more dramatic events like landslides. All of these changes could affect your plan and could alter the scene dramatically or even prevent you from getting to your chosen location on time.

Finalizing Your Plan

This is where it pays off to have a back-up plan in place. First, if it is a location you have never been to before and you are traveling a distance to get there arriving a day earlier may be beneficial to you; especially if you are planning a sunrise landscape photo shoot. Nothing is worse than stumbling around in the dark and breaking a bone. Arriving a day early allows you the leisure of scoping out your shoot locations first (in the day light) and finalize where you would like to position yourself for the shoot the following day for the most optimal details. Take note of any things that could be a distraction or out of place; with these findings make any adaptions to your plan or make a plan to remove the distractions in post-production. Secondly, you can take note of safety issues of the location you plan to shoot; if marshes and water is involved you will be able to find high ground and exit areas. This is especially important if the water ways are tidal, we as photographers can get carried away at a shoot and lose track of time easily; getting tracked or worse yet getting caught up, by the tide can be deadly.

The Day of The Landscape Photo Shoot

The night before you should go to bed early and get plenty of rest; this will allow you to wake early and be out at the location quickly. Its recommended to allow some time for set up and last minute things. We usually try to get to the shoot location at the very least 30 minutes before we think we might want to start shooting. So if sunrise is about 7:13 am we’re on sight by 6:40. This gives  us plenty of time to set up and then watch the show so to speak.

The bottom line is that no plan is perfect, there are always going to be pitfalls when it comes to landscape photography shoots. However, with research, a plan and time to explore you will be able to focus more of your attention on the subject and less on how to overcome an obstacle in order to get your shot on the spot.