So, you’ve bought all the right kit and your out in the field, you now face your next challenge -
Natural light is a critical aspect of landscape photography, it can make or break a shot. If you’ve decided on a particular scene and the light isn’t right then your images will not going to look their best.
There is no such thing as good light, but there are different types of light;
Front light -
However you can use this type of light to best effect at the right time of day. ‘Golden hour’, the hour just after sunrise and just before a sunset, when the sun is low in the sky casting a golden glow across the landscape.
A tree line will have its tops cast in a golden glow while the lower branches a still bathed in shadow giving a dramatic contrast.
Back light -
This situation can be useful in silhouetting. If you have a subject with a strong shape you can concentrate your metering on the sky, this will cast all other areas into shadow creating a silhouette effect.
Side light -
Defuse light -
This is great light for close work such as soft petals and small wildlife shots.