Photography Tips: Best Light for Landscapes

Photography Tips: Best Light for Landscapes


I’ve had quite a few inquiries from
people about how to go about photographing something saying the
middle of the day when the lights really harsh how to make a good shot out of it the bottom line is you can’t really and
and I thought I’d come to Cambodia to show you why I’m only pulling your leg
we’ve been here running our cambodia workshop it’s been absolutely awesome
we’re down here should finding some new locations possibly for next
year but i just saw the sheds over here and I thought this is a really really
great example so this morning around about lunch time
I came out here and I shot this picture and as you can see it was really really
dull that isn’t its flatness dull and its lifeless and that is because it was
taken with the Sun directly overhead I know it’s annoying because you want to
take the picture and you want it to look great but you have to put the work in you gotta think like a photography
usually seven building blocks of photography and just think how am I
going to do this and that may mean coming back to the same location again
once you’ve recee and found it so let’s just take the shot again now I’ve
got my little fuji xt1 here and i love it because for a low-angle shot i
got a flip-out monitor that means that i can get download without actually having
to lay in the dirt look upward movement nikkons so when I get down low here we
Bend our knees and get in low there’s a reflection of these sheds in this little
pool which looks absolutely amazing against the colors in that sky and
that’s what I want to use so to utilize that the camera has to go down low close
to the water and I have to put my glasses on or else i can’t see what im doing
rockin and rollin right camera switched on so i’m just going to hit the video
button actually on here just so I can show you what I mean if I just get that
recording some video here we go when I bend my knees you’ll see how the
reflection is starting to grow in the image as i get lower and lower and certain closer to the water itself as i
zoomed out that little bit there we got some cloud going on too so that’s the
kind of thing we want that’s gonna be our composition I want to put the shed
over here i want to try to include that cloud and it’s tight i can just about do
it there so without further do let’s take the picture think it through what we need well we
need a fairly low ISO favorite depth of field but the front focus point is going
to be where the reflections in the water f8 will be plenty my lens 18 millimeters
I want to make sure it’s nice and level because there’s nothing worse than a
wonky horizon i’m going to focus on the front reflection there and just kind of
line it all up here we go let’s get that all nice and splendid i want the
reflections in the water make sure my horizons level and press the button so
there we go there’s our shot why is it the evenings work was midday
one it’s because of the shadows if we look at the picture that i took this
morning you’ll notice that there are very few shadows they’re all sort of
right straight down underneath the eaves of the building and it doesn’t look
particularly interesting but right now when you looked at the the buildings to
stay you can see there’s a red light on there and the lights coming in
underneath the eaves of the building all the way along and it looks absolutely
splendid that’s because we’re very close to
sunset the Sun is setting over there so why you photographing the sunset brown
concentrate on one thing at a time because i wanted the sheds with this
little reflection it’s this low angled like the warm red color and the way it’s
just sort of setting fire to the colors on the sheds that’s what’s making it
work so you don’t necessarily have to come to Cambodia to get a great picture
but you do have to consider the time of day and what the lights doing hope you
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45 Comments

  • Pepe Le Pew says:

    First

  • OX4SNYPA says:

    Great video mate ๐Ÿ˜€ nice shot! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • MaxArceus says:

    Very lovely photo, and very true message ๐Ÿ˜€
    I do find though, that sometimes the harsh light does work well, but I can't give any example.

  • Runeclaw says:

    Nice, simple and very useful tips as always Mike. Thank you for a good video.

  • Tony Hodgkinson says:

    Looking at the two pictures the light makes it look like two different locations. Thanks for the video mike ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dev Kumar Ghosh says:

    That is brilliant My Lord !

  • Dev Kumar Ghosh says:

    After all those gadgets, it ends up to one's active grey cells of experience and creativity…

  • Andrew Frost says:

    Understanding the light really does make the later image stand out!

  • Mat Barrie says:

    Buy a D750, it's got a flippy screen Mike.

  • vikram singh says:

    wow, thankyou Mike. Which cam was in your hand for the tutorial?

  • Rhod Jones says:

    I must be odd; I much prefer the noon sky colour, the evening shot is too red. Sorry.

  • bucher0n says:

    Always a problem when travelling, wish I could be everywhere for sunset!

  • fkrtna says:

    THE GOLDEN HOUR IS THE BEST! midday light can be useful for B&W

  • James I says:

    Mike, what made you settle on F8? For landscape type photos it seems other videos, yours including, recommend closer to F11 to get a greater depth of field. This tends to be something i struggle with personslly, finding the right point to focus on and proper F stop to get as much in focus as possible.

  • David Croft says:

    Love the clouds in that picture. Funny how something as simple as that, can also make such a difference. Thank you.

  • Christian Denzel says:

    Thank you for the video, Mike! Can you make a video with some practical tips on how to use the app The Photographer's Ephemeris? I understand what the app does but I find it hard to plan a landscape shoot with it. Would be great!

  • nycaxl says:

    Great idea to use the video to show us how it changes the perspective on the reflection, and a bit your composition. I haven' seen anybody doing that yet! Short and to the point video: love those! Thank you!

  • trevorpinnocky says:

    Or you can come out just before the sunrise. Means getting up in the dark though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Husam Nurein says:

    Yet another brilliant video …
    and the shot is stunning, It looks like a flying train from another world ( LoL )…
    Thank you …

  • Norbert Levai says:

    Is Fuji X-T1 then your favourite tracel camera?? ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am thinking about getting one! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I like your videos!
    Thanks

  • Coyote FPV says:

    That was a good lesson and perfect example of it thank you.

  • Carol Collins says:

    This video, and the string of comments have been so informative. This will be one of my favorite tutorials. Thank you.

  • Wideolink says:

    Thank U !

  • e.c. havard says:

    I have started to keep a note book full of places to come back to in either evening or morning to get those scenes in great light! That is a great tip!

  • Saurat says:

    Solid advice as always. May I suggest your next workshop is held in Wolverhampton? Sunrise over the gasworks. Just as interesting as mizzen huts in Cambodia, but I concede, probably less lucrative.

  • brian willert says:

    Mike! Is it fair to say that if you live above the 38ยฐ latitude in the Northern hemisphere & below Southern hemisphere, you should be able to take a photo at midday on a winters day that is almost comparable to a images taken in the golden hour in summer? Due to the angle and softness of the light from the sun at that time.

  • Zwiesel66 says:

    I have wondered why you did not lower the ISO further – 18mm at 150th/sec – do you have a special reason for that ?

  • Love Nordahl says:

    Hi Mike, thanks for another great video!
    I would really like to see some remakes of the instructional videos from around 2011. I know that the art of photography doesn't change over just five years, but there are some new tech around, and now they can be seen in full HD or 4K ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also a video on how to create great photos on a "less good system" like the Nikon D3000 or other similar cameras that dont feature 20mpix and loads of processing power. or a how-to-video for making a budget home studio.. I bet there are lots of people out there that wants to buy a cheap DSLR for a hundred quids, a flash for 50 and some stands and lights etc just for exploring that part of having their home studio in affordable price range.

  • Old400 says:

    Good tip………..with short but complete explanation.

  • Vernon Nash says:

    Thanks Mike. The composition just above the water was superb and that cloud was amazing.

  • Michael Didomenico says:

    Very good tips once again.

  • Ian M says:

    Wow what a difference, and the extra value from getting down low, great stuff as usual Mike, thanks

  • James Beckett says:

    great vids. you have the best job ever!!

  • Ratha Ung says:

    WOW! You were in my country! Welcome to Cambodia:)

  • Fรกbio Rodrigues says:

    Great video Mike, as always!

  • Joao Carlos says:

    Marvellous. Great tips.

  • babyuth ngoun says:

    There are many places here in cambodia for photography. hope to see u again brown.

  • Vic Stokes Photographer says:

    My landscape shooting times are an hour after dawn and and hour before sunset because the detail is much richer and colors are much deeper but that is my ideal time. Every photographer has their own methods of when to shoot landscapes.

  • Handyjack says:

    Get a pair of glasses like vari focal. I have a pair, top glass is plain, lower glass is my reading lenses. Saves taking glasses on and off all the time.

  • GWINE says:

    I am not saying that I disagree but what this is saying is that there are only a couple of hours (if you are lucky) a day to take outdoor photos. Wonder what we should do for the remaining 12 or so?

  • Michael Angelo H. says:

    I'll argue one thing for light from above; It's great for things like trees, where you'll get rays and "backlight" through the leaves and canopes and such. – I actually did that recently; I went through woods during the middle of the day, and as the sun started to set I went into open fields.

  • J L says:

    i really like your explanation and dedication from your channel, your way of teaching is really match with me so really hope to learn more from you, by the way do you have any tips or videos for astrophotography such as the settings or something ,that will improve our our photos with astrophotography ? thanks a lot

  • Paul D says:

    I always enjoy your videos! I get a new perspective on my composition.

  • Sanu James says:

    I watched ur several videos, this one really love it, like d video and subscribed

  • Fandango Fandango says:

    Always Good.

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