If you’re into landscape photography, don’t forget to look at the direction of the light. Side-lighting is your friend. It brings out texture and richness in an image that you just won’t find anywhere else. I made this image last night while teaching a workshop in the Palouse region of Washington state. Notice how much texture there is in the pea fields. If I’d made this image with the light at my back, or if I’d made the image backlit, you wouldn’t see any of this beautiful texture.
You can see the shadow cast by the tree. Pay attention to the direction of the shadow. That’s how you can tell where the sun is.
In landscape work, texture is extremely important. Give it a try. Look at your shadow next time you’re shooting. Make sure it’s at a 90-degree angle to your subject. You’ll capture more of the richness and the “feel” of the image.
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