The way to Make a Great Picture - Component 4
Use Dramatic Lighting to your Edge
It's all about the eye for beauty I concur, but while one is into landscape photography, he/she has to keep in mind particular parameters to be able to get the very best of the nature. These parameters play an important part in the resultant picture and are extremely critical. Apart from colours and backgrounds, both of which I 've already discussed, lights also play a crucial role in photography. And one must always remember that landscape photography seems best when one uses the best of colours and with the very best of light.
I have frequently seen that photographs that win competitions are frequently the ones that make fascinating usage of light. Keep an eye out for that silver lining- the beams of light shining through clouds, sparkling light through the trees or windows, intricate long shadows and the result of side and backlighting. Particular angles of light bring an extraordinary effect to even a typical landscape; keep an eye for those sources. The art of a landscape photographer is always to harness these angles and use it to his advantage. Be mindful 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 divine. Use light to define your photographs.
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Lighting effects in landscape images are crucial not only because they bring in a feeling of luminosity, but also, because dramatic lighting can bring out the best 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 early hours of the morning while sunrise, late afternoon and the brink of sundown. 'Magic hours' as this is called- shots taken in this time gets magically improved. Literally! So all you landscape photographers who are searching for amazing landscape photographs, take that extra step towards it t use the power of light and you'll be able to guarantee yourself fruitful results.