The Progression of Light

Ian Plant discusses the progression of light throughout the day and explains how the constant change can be used to your advantage

In my newest ebook ‘The Grand Landscape,’ I talk about something I call ‘the progression of light.’ What this means, basically, is that light constantly changes throughout the day. If you truly want to master landscape photography, you need to fully understand the nuances and transitions of light.

During the middle of the day when the sun is high, the light is harsh and colorless, hitting the landscape from above with flat illumination. Midday light is often not good for landscape photography, although overcast days are a notable exception, when the light is well suited for waterfall and forest photography. Some specific scenes work best with …

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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