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  • Ashley says:

    Thanks for this post! This is my first winter with my DSLR and I definitely struggled with photography in flat light (thankfully in situations where #4 was always an option). Winter’s basically over here in Vermont, but I’ll definitely take your tips to heart next year.

    Another way I opted to deal with winter light was to convert to black and white. There’s something pleasing to me about the starkness of a mostly white background and foreground that are punctuated only by the contrast of a few landscape features.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Ashley, you have a good point, and one that certainly left out. You can always just convert to BW, or else “Instagram” it. Add some fun filters that will distract everyone away from all that horrible white! 😉

  • Anthony says:

    Thanks Dan! Some good tips that will hopefully get me out shooting. (Typing this as I gaze out the window at yet another in a string of cloudy days with fresh snow falling.)

    Off-camera flash is definitely something I want to try. I’ve started learning more about it — your eBook is a great resource — but want to get myself more comfortable with available light before I start adding light of my own.

    Still plenty of winter left here in Yukon!

  • Gabi says:

    Thanks for this post, Dan. Good stuff. The tip about the white is really crucial. I usually shoot on aperture priority, but in the snowy season, I need to manually overexpose by up to +1EV, because otherwise, the snow gets all dirty gray. And that also makes whatever’s there in terms of colors pop even more.

  • Ross Vernal says:

    Scotland has been under a grey cloud for about a week now, so I’ve been forced into trying to be a bit creative with the light. I find adding a gradient to the sky on wide shots definitely helps to add some much needed depth. These are good tips – and very timely Dan! Here’s my recent effort in the all-enveloping grey (with the graduated sky):

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ross_vernal/6826778494/

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    Terry Bourk

    I have read you new book “Behind the Landscape.” I could not “put it down” meaning that I kept at it because each photo you presented/analyzed was interesting and informative. I am trying to develop an eye for composition (both the scene and the light).

    Thank you! The examples you present and the suggestions are very helpful. Purple Mountains, McKinley River and Wonder Lake are fascinating.


    Roger Sinclair

    You have done it again! Another triumph.

    Your generosity to share, the clarity of thought and concise explanation thereof is brilliant. Perhaps I should also mention the beautiful photos and the talent necessary to produce them.

    Thank you, Dan.