Visual: Seasonal Landscapes

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Running from the landscape tip yesterday, we talked about how different lighting throughout the day can affect your shot, for the better and the worse. Let’s have a look at how seasons can affect your shot.


In the winter the landscape is more exposed and the low sun casts long shadows. Without the heat the air has less dust, which in turn gives the light clarity. The cold nights turn into frosty mornings which give pastel skies.

However the light in the summer is often less favourable, as stated in the previous landscape tip the high sun creates harsh lights for a large part of the day. The heat produces more dust and haze, meaning the light is generally less clear.

The best seasons to capture beautiful landscape cinematography are early spring and late autumn. In these seasons the light and clarity are a lot clearer than summer, you also can shoot for the majority of the day and not worry about the intense heat of the summer sun. In these seasons, after a cool night, you’re more likely to come across a misty morning as the land beings to heat up.


In early spring and late autumn, the light and clarity are better than in summer and it’s possible to shoot for most of the day. The weather is changeable, which can create moody and dramatic photo opportunities. In late spring and early autumn, after a cool night, mist can often form at dawn as the land begins to warm up.

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Lewis McGregor is an aspiring filmmaker, photographer and online content creator from Wales.