The best way to Create a Great Picture - Part 4
Use Dramatic Lighting to your Advantage
It is all about the eye for beauty I concur, but he/she has to keep in mind certain parameters in order to get the best of the nature, while one is into landscape photography. These parameters are very vital and play an essential part in the resultant picture. Aside from colours and backgrounds, both of which I have already discussed, lights also play an important role in photography. And one must always remember with the best of light and that landscape photography appears best when one uses the best of colours.
I've commonly seen that pictures that win competitions are often the ones which 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 as well as the effect of backlighting and side. An amazing effect is lent by particular angles of light to even a typical landscape; keep an eye for those sources. The art of a landscape photographer is to harness 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, even a plain tree shot in a brilliant light and angle can appear heavenly. Use light to define your photos.
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Lighting effects in landscape pictures are vital not only because they bring in a feeling of brightness, but also, because sensational 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, don't miss the early hours of late day, the morning while sunrise and the brink of sunset. 'Magic hours' as this is named- shots taken during this time gets magically enhanced. Literally! So all you landscape photographers who are searching for outstanding landscape photographs, take that extra step towards it t use the power of light and you will guarantee yourself fruitful results.