The final big gun in creating great photos is the obvious. Capture your subject in Great Light!
But what exactly is great light and how do we maximise our chances of seeing and capturing it more often?
We discussed earlier, the difference between Great Light and Great Colour. The main point being that Great Colour occurs when the sun is just below the horizon, whereas Great Light occurs when the sun is just above the horizon.
Therefore, the first key to capturing great light is to shoot during the hour after the sun has risen and the hour before the sun sets.
But what does great light look like?
I think the best way to explain it: Great Light is the dance between light and shadow. Dancing requires being close to your partner? yeah? Great light is no different. You are looking for light/dark/light/dark/light/dark as the light and shadow dance across your frame.
There is a very simple tip to capturing great light more often…….
Have the sun enter your frame, from the extreme left or extreme right. In other words, you want the sun warming one side of your face but not the other as you frame up your composition.
Side light = Great Light
Challenge: Next time you go out, capture photos with the sun to your left or right and just above the horizon. See if you can capture the dance of shadow and light!
Below is an example of what I would consider Great Light. Notice the way the Shadows and the Light are tangled together throughout the photo.
Also notice Strong Subject, Simplicity, Story along with the great light. This particular image received a Silver with Distinction in the 2017 Australian Professional Photography Awards.