The way to Create a Great Picture - Part 4
Use Sensational Lighting to your Advantage
It's all about the eye for beauty I agree, but while one is into landscape photography, he/she has to keep in mind specific parameters in order to get the best of the nature. These parameters are extremely crucial and play an important role in the resultant picture. Besides backgrounds and colours, both of which I 've already discussed, lights also play a crucial role in photography. And one must always remember that landscape photography appears best when one uses the finest of colors and with the finest of light.
I've often seen that photographs that win contests are frequently the ones which make fascinating use of light. Keep an eye out for that silver lining- the beams of light shining through clouds, dazzling light through the trees or windows, complex long shadows along with the effect of side and backlighting. Particular angles of light bring an amazing effect to even an ordinary landscape; keep an eye for all those sources. The art of a landscape photographer will be to tap on these angles and use it to his advantage. Be mindful to snatch away every good light in every great angle possible. Believe it or not, even a plain tree shot in angle and a brilliant light can appear divine. Use light to define your photographs.
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Lighting effects in landscape pictures are critical not only because they bring in a sense of brightness, but also, because dramatic lighting can bring out the best in a landscape. The angle of light rays flashing through windows, a sliver of golden light shining up the sand, bouncing off the ocean or creeping upon mountain faces! Lights bring out so much more to a photograph.
Needless to say, do not miss the wee hours of the morning while dawn, late day and the point of sunset. 'Magic hours' as this is named- shots taken in this time gets magically enhanced. Literally! So all you landscape photographers who are looking for incredible landscape photographs, take that extra step towards it t use the power of light and you will ensure yourself profitable results.