The way to Create a Great Picture - Component 4
Use Sensational Lighting to your Advantage
It is all about the eye for beauty I concur, but he/she has to keep in mind specific parameters to be able to get the best of the nature, while one is into landscape photography. These parameters play an essential part in the resultant picture and are extremely vital. Aside from colours and backgrounds, both of which I have already discussed, lights also play an important part in photography. And one must always keep in mind that landscape photography seems best when one uses the finest of colors and with the finest of light.
I've often seen that photos that win contests are often the ones which make fascinating utilization of light. Keep an eye out for that silver lining- the beams of light shining through the trees or windows, elaborate long shadows and the effect of side and backlighting through clouds, dazzling light. Particular angles of light add an incredible effect to even an ordinary landscape; keep an eye for those sources. The art of a landscape photographer is to exploit on these angles and use it to his advantage. Be conscious to snatch away every good light in every great angle possible. Believe it or not believe it, even a plain tree shot in angle and a brilliant light can look celestial. Use light to define your photographs.
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Lighting effects in landscape images are critical not only because they bring in a feeling of brightness, but also, because dramatic lighting can bring out the finest in a landscape. The angle of light rays flashing through windows, a sliver of gold light shining up the sand, bouncing off the sea or creeping upon mountain faces! Lights bring out so much more to a photograph.
Needless to say, do not miss the wee hours of late day the morning while dawn 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 incredible landscape photos, take that extra step towards it t harness the power of light and you'll be able to ensure yourself fruitful results.