Watch the Light
Lighting is one of the most important compositional elements of photography. In fact, you can change the mood of almost any image—dramatic, playful, reflective, suspenseful—by changing the lighting.
The best time of day for photography is in the early morning just after the sun rises, or in the evening just before it sets. The elegant, mystical dance of color and shadow can lead to some amazing photo opportunities, and, according to a Grand Circle Photo Editor, “Your subjects will be bathed in a soft, golden glow.”
Avoid shooting in the early afternoon, when the bright, harsh light of the sun overhead can ruin an otherwise perfect photo. If you must take a picture in less than ideal lighting conditions, follow the advice of Photo Editor Meredith Mulcahy: “Put your subject in the shade, and use a flash to control the amount of exposure.”
Time of day can change the color of your image; in this example, the shores of Etretat, France, are bathed in the lovely pink glow of early morning.