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Photograph the Light not the Land

Here is a quick quote that caught my attention today when talking to a friend who is a landscape photography enthusiast.

He said:

“Photograph the light not the land.”

His theory is that it’s the light not the actual subjects in a scene that can make or break a landscape image.

While I’m not sure I’d throw out the scene completely (and neither would my friend I’m sure) I think he’s onto something.

Different kinds of light can completely transform a scene from something that you might not take a second look at to something that takes your breath away.

Here’s a few shots which I think illustrate his point pretty well.

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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