The way to Make a Great Picture - Component 4
Use Dramatic Lighting to your Advantage
It's all about the eye for beauty I concur, but while one is into landscape photography, he/she has to keep in mind specific parameters to be able to get the best of the nature. These parameters play an essential part in the resultant picture and are extremely crucial. Besides backgrounds and colours, both of which I 've already discussed, lights also play an important part in photography. And one must always remember with the very best of light and that landscape photography seems best when one uses the finest of colors.
I've often seen that photographs that win competitions in many cases are the ones which make fascinating usage 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 as well as the impact of side and backlighting. An extraordinary effect is lent by certain angles of light to even an ordinary landscape; keep an eye for all those sources. The art of a landscape photographer would be to exploit on these angles and use it to his advantage. Be aware to snatch away every good light in every great angle potential. Believe it or not, even a plain tree shot in a dazzling light and angle can seem heavenly. Use light to define your photos.
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Lighting effects in landscape images are crucial not only because they bring in a feeling of luminosity, but also, because sensational lighting can bring out the best in a landscape. The angle of light rays flashing through windows, a sliver of golden light bouncing off the sea, creeping upon mountain faces or shining up the sand! Lights bring out so much more to a photograph.
Of course, do not miss the early hours of late day, the morning while sunrise and also the brink of sunset. 'Magic hours' as this is called- shots taken during this time gets magically improved. Literally! So all you landscape photographers who are looking for extraordinary landscape pictures, take that additional step towards it t exploit the power of light and you'll be able to ensure yourself fruitful results.