The way to Make a Great Picture - Component 4
Use Sensational Lighting to your Advantage
It is all about the eye for beauty I agree, but he/she has to keep in mind certain parameters in order to get the very best of the nature, while one is into landscape photography. These parameters play an essential part in the resulting picture and are very critical. Aside from backgrounds and colours, both of which I have already discussed, lights also play an essential role in photography. And one must always keep in mind that landscape photography looks best when one uses the best of colours and with the greatest of light.
I have frequently seen that photos that win competitions are often the ones that make fascinating usage of light. Keep an eye out for that silver lining- the beams of light shining through the trees or windows, complex long shadows as well as the result of backlighting and side through clouds, dazzling light. Particular angles of light lend an incredible effect to even an ordinary landscape; keep an eye for those sources. Use it to his advantage and the art of a landscape photographer is always to harness these angles. 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 dazzling light can look heavenly. Use light to define your pictures.
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Lighting effects in landscape images are essential 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 creeping upon mountain faces, bouncing off the ocean or shining up the sand! Lights bring out so much more to a photograph.
Needless to say, do not miss the wee hours of late afternoon the morning while dawn and also the brink of sundown. 'Magic hours' as this is called- shots taken during this time gets magically improved. Literally! So all you landscape photographers who are searching for outstanding landscape photographs, take that additional step towards it t harness the power of light and you may guarantee yourself fruitful results.