I love to take pictures outdoors. This world is filled with some beautiful landscapes wherever you go. All we have to do is take the time to notice them and photograph the beauty we see.
Lighting can be such a big obstacle. How often do we take what we think will be great pictures, then look at them later so see that they are dull looking?
Timing is the biggest cure to this. Take advantage of the sunlight. In most cases, you are going to want the light behind you, lighting up the landscape. So morning or evening is the best.
This takes some planning. I often plan my travel based on where to be in the mornings and evenings to get good photos!
The picture above was taken in the evening with the sun behind me. But not too low. I don’t want to wait until it starts casting shadows. I want it to be as low as possible, but still light up the whole landscape.
By doing this you will get nice golden tones.
Now here is an example of just the opposite.
This image was taken off the coast of Australia of the Twelve Apostles. This was also taken in the evening. But after the sun went down too far. The rocks are no longer well lit with the nice golden light. This picture would be so much better taken just a few minutes earlier.
Now for one more example:
This shot was taken with the sun in front of me, just going down behind the large rocky coast. Now, this can make some cool shots. But in this situation, it just made the picture look blown out.
So take advantage of the sun, and where it is to get the best images. If the just doesn’t work for you in the morning in a certain location, try shooting it in the evening.
Now go out and find some beautiful landscapes to shoot!