The way to Make a Great Picture - Component 4
Use Dramatic Lighting to your Edge
It's all about the eye for beauty I agree, but while one is into landscape photography, he/she has to keep in mind particular parameters in order to get the top of the nature. These parameters play an essential role in the resultant picture and are extremely crucial. Apart from colours and backgrounds, each of which I 've already discussed, lights also play an important part in photography. And one must always keep in mind that landscape photography appears best when one uses the best of colours and with the greatest of light.
I have commonly seen that pictures that win contests are often the ones that 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, elaborate long shadows and the result of side and backlighting. An extraordinary effect is lent by particular angles of light to even a normal landscape; keep an eye for those sources. The art of a landscape photographer is always to exploit on these angles and use it to his advantage. Be conscious to snatch away every good light in every great angle potential. Believe it or not, even a plain tree shot in a brilliant light and angle 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 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 late day, the morning while sunrise and the brink of sundown. 'Magic hours' as this is named- shots taken during this time gets magically improved. Literally! So all you landscape photographers who are looking for extraordinary landscape pictures, take that extra step towards it t use the power of light and you may ensure yourself profitable results.