In my view, if one is able to make images that are in focus, good exposure, and interesting composition, then the image will probably be well received. Add that special light and it moves up to an award winner. It can be side light, front light, or even backlight.
The key is to understand when that light will be present.
Think early morning, even an hour before dawn; evening light, or late afternoon and stay an hour after sunset. Those are the times when chances of winning light are highly probable.
It makes little difference where in the world we are. In this example we’re in Amsterdam. Don’t pack you camera in the luggage. Carry one. It often makes little difference the make.
This images is in the mountains of Western North Carolina, USA.
This image was recorded in Winter with a point and shoot camera, from our driveway, in the mountains.
This image was made on our way back from Charleston, SC which is on the coast.
Many exposures of this scene were made, all with the background of the sunset, to have the choice of different looks.
And this image of ferns was made just as a shaft of light landed on the scene. How fortunate. But light is all around us and will often be the reason an image stands out.
Photographing light is usually easier than looking for the just the right composition, and ending up with a good image but not super one.
A walk in the woods with your camera will often reveal shafts of light here and there. We begin to notice the soft elements that speak to us. Trusting our senses to make just that special image is what it’s all about.
It isn’t long before we notice the special light everywhere.
And soon, others begin noticing our work. This Frog in morning light shot in Florida was used to help illustrate an article authored in Outdoor Photographer Magazine. For writers, developing this skill can lead to more published credits and open new markets.
The camera now becomes more than a way to just capture a moment. It becomes the photographers brush in his Art form.