Photographs Rick Sammon
These three pictures, all taken at the same location, illustrate why the quality of light is so important. In the top image, the quality of light is simply fantastic, created by the morning fog and the rising sun. Talk about the luck of being in the right place at the right time! The middle picture, taken at after sunrise, has a nice quality but not as nice as the top image because the fog is missing. The bottom picture is boring due to the poor quality of light. It was taken just before sunrise on a clear day.
Want great light quality in your pictures? Shoot in the early morning and late afternoon, and pray for fog, mist or clouds.
P.S. Here are two more short and sweet tips: One, when shooting landscapes, think about how the photograph might be improved by cropping out boring foreground and sky. Two, when you find a great location, as I did, go back again and again to see – and photograph – the changing of the light.