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Harnessing light is essential to landscape photographers. Andy Brown discusses its importance and offers some advice and suggestions on using it effectively

What is the first thought that springs to mind when you think about the presence of light within a landscape image? Chances are you will conjure a mental image of a beautiful summery day, or perhaps the softer tones of dappled highlights splaying through trees on a warm evening – maybe even the majesty of a setting sun back-dropped against a dramatic coastline? Light is the reason we take photographs, and there are myriad opportunities to harness the hugely varying potential it offers us.

Light is, by its very definition, the absence of darkness, but our eyes can perceive an extraordinary range of tones right across the spectrum, and camera technology is increasingly bridging the gap and catching up. Typically, we look to the mid tones, and...

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Andy Brown

An ardent devotee to most genres of landscape photography, Andy’s primary fervour and passion is for mono and split-toned, ultra long exposure imagery.

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