Is it Great Light or Great Colour?
This little gold nugget was a real lightbulb moment in my photography journey.
You see, I love chasing a bright colourful sunrise and sunset as much as anyone and for many years I assumed that a bright red, orange sky equaled great light.
However, did you know that great light and great colour are two separate occurrences that rarely happen together?
Understanding the subtle difference will allow you to capture more photos with Great Light as well as continuing to capture Great Colour!
The Difference between great Light and Great Colour
It is actually very easy to explain,
Great Light tends to occur when the sun is just above the horizon. The hour before the sun sets, or the hour after the sun rises.
Whereas great colour tends to occur when the sun is just below the horizon. Take a look at the example photos below, captured only a couple of minutes apart and you will see what I mean.
This first photo was captured with the sun just above the horizon and is an excellent example of Great Light. Notice the way the subject is bathed in golden light on one side and shadows on the other.
The second example (below) was captured with the sun below the horizon. Notice the more intense colour in the sky, yet the very flat light on the subject.
This is an example of “Great Colour”
30 seconds in Photoshop and we can have the best of both worlds!
Take a look back at your own photos and see if you can pick the difference between great light and great colour.
If you are lucky, occasionally you will get both at the same time, however, more often than not they are 2 separate occasions.