There is a reason photographers like to take photos in the early morning or late evening, commonly known as the golden hours. The light is the best at these times and there are several reasons why. The sun is lower, so the ozone is thicker, so the light is softer, diffused and easier to control. Morning light usually has more pastel colors where the evening light has warmer tones. Scheduling a time to take photographs during these times is always a good plan, but what about those spontaneous photos. Here are a few tips.
|Taken late morning late summer, |
partly cloudy day.
See diagram below for setup
First off you must know were your light sources are coming from. Where is the sun? Is there anything reflective; sand, the side of a building, water, a concrete driveway, you would be surprised where your light can come from. Where are the shadows? The direction of the shadows will be your biggest indicator of your main light source.
Learning to use your available light to your advantage can be a big help in getting better images with what you have on hand. I do suggest to learn more about photography and learn the functions of your camera to improve your skills even more.