Landscape photography is one of the oldest types and one of more difficult ones. If you`re shooting products, studio portraits etc., most of your work is in fully controlled environment. You decide at what angle a light will fall, what color and intensity it will have etc. This makes you kinda God with full control. With enviromental portraits shot outside, maybe in a park, you have to work with what you get. Good or bad light, still your focus is on a person or a group in front of your lens. Yes, working with people can be complicated and energy draining. My point is, if you won`t have the best light, you can create it with a strobe or flash and the main focus is on the person being photographed. Not on the light. Nobody will go (maybe with an exception of geeky photograpers) “the photo has a great Rembrant lighting pattern with perfect highlihts to shadows ratio …”. They will like the portrait as a complet or they won`t like it at all.
Landscape photography is based on fenomenal light and there isn`t a way to get around it. You can be standing everywhere you want, but if the light won`t happen, you`re just screwed. And this is just what happened to me with my last morning shoot. Everything was planned, still didn`t happen mainly due to the special ingredient – the light. Photographers don`t share similar stories often, so it`s a less known fact of shooting landscape. Here`s a quick vlog about the morning shoot.
Just about two days after I made the vlog (YouTube upload came a lot later), Thomas Heaton had similar experience he shared in his video right over here. Proof I didn’t make the scenario up 🙂