The way to Create a Great Picture - Component 4
Use Dramatic Lighting to your Advantage
It's about the eye for beauty I agree, but he/she has to keep in mind particular parameters in order to get the very best of the nature while one is into landscape photography. These parameters are extremely crucial and play an important role in the resulting picture. Apart from backgrounds and colours, both of which I have already discussed, lights also play an essential role in photography. And one must always remember with the best of light and that landscape photography seems best when one uses the finest of colours.
I've frequently seen that photos that win competitions are frequently 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, long shadows that are elaborate and also the result of side and backlighting. An extraordinary effect is lent by certain angles of light to even an ordinary landscape; keep an eye for 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 believe it, even a plain tree shot in angle and a brilliant light can appear celestial. Use light to define your photographs.
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Lighting effects in landscape images are vital not only because they bring in a feeling of luminosity, but also, because sensational lighting can bring out the finest in a landscape. The angle of light beams flashing through windows, a sliver of gold light bouncing off the sea creeping upon mountain faces or shining up the sand! Lights bring out so much more to a photograph.
Needless to say, don't miss the wee hours of the morning while dawn, late day and the point of sundown. 'Magic hours' as this is named- shots taken during this time gets magically enhanced. Literally! So all you landscape photographers who are searching for extraordinary landscape pictures, take that additional step towards it t harness the power of light and you will ensure yourself fruitful results.