Creative landscape photography: master the dark art of shadows and shade

    | Landscape | Photography Tips | 21/08/2012 12:28pm

    Pro tips for shooting low sun and shadows


    Pro landscape photography tips for shooting low sun and long shadows

    Image copyright Mark Hamblin

    Give shadows room
    Make sure shadows that are an important part of the picture don’t run out of the frame. The eye will naturally follow a strong shadow, so the whole shadow should be included within the picture space.

    Use low sunlight to emphasise a subject
    In a predominantly flat landscape, you need to look for a subject with height, such as a boulder, building or tree. With low sunlight, tall subjects at right angles to the sun will be strongly lit, making them stand out against the much darker, partially lit surroundings.

    Think about your composition
    Position yourself in relation to the sun so that shadows run diagonally across the frame. This is often the most pleasing option in terms of composition and will naturally lead the eye through the picture.

    Shoot a High Dynamic Range image
    In very strong low sunlight the range of tones from black to white are impossible to expose for in a single image. For this reason, you may want to take a sequence of identical shots at different exposure settings and combine the images using dedicated HDR software (follow our guide for how to make realistic HDR).

    PAGE 1: Where to place the sun
    PAGE 2: Nailing exposure
    PAGE 3: Get creative with shadows
    PAGE 4: Pro tips for shooting a low sun and shadows


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    Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 12:28 pm under Landscape, Photography Tips.

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