8 Types Of Natural Light That Will Add Drama To Your Photographs

The first step to becoming a better nature photographer is to understand light.

8 Types of Natural Light That Will Add Drama To Your Photographs

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Discover the 8 types of natural light:

BACKLIGHT – make flowers glow, make dramatic silhouettes

SIDELIGHT – emphasize texture and shape

FRONT LIGHT – great for sunset shots

REFLECTED LIGHT – make peaceful water reflections

DIFFUSED LIGHT – great for close-ups

DRAMATIC LIGHT – there’s nothing like a storm to create a dramatic image

TWILIGHT – beautiful blues and pinks in the sky

NIGHT – great for capturing city lights


Learn techniques you can use to increase the quality and dramatic effect of your images simply by understanding how light works.


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What people are saying:

“I wish that ebooks of this quality had been available when I started nature photography over 30 years ago. Anne covers one of the most important requirements of photography, lighting. It’s all about the light. You can have the most fabulous location, but without quality light, the photo will just be a snapshot. This eBook shows you how to evaluate lighting and take advantage or avoid certain situations. I would highly recommend this quick, well-illustrated read.”

“I read and review photography ebooks on my site and am always on the look out for quality reads that will not only inform the reader but inspire them as well. I think you’ve achieved both those things. I thoroughly enjoyed 8 Types of Natural Light That Will Add Drama To Your Photographs. I thought I was pretty good at identifying and making use of the light that I was faced with but reading your ebook I realized I had a lot more to learn. Thank you for making (a sometimes confusing subject) easy to understand. The images that you’ve included in the ebook are exquisite and perfectly conveying the different types of lighting your describing.”

“You have written a great little 32 page e book aimed right at a question a lot of photographers have, “wheres the good light?” And you have answered it with numerous examples of different types of light, where to find it and also some technical advice on histograms to assist while in the field shooting.  Looking forward to your next e book soon.”

“As one who home-schooled six children all the way into the colleges of their choice, I have become an expert at searching and researching for great materials to help my kids learn what they want to know. Being a believer in passion-based education, I have encouraged my kids to follow their interests in learning and in life. My high-school aged daughter is nuts for wildlife and nature photography, and travel journalism, and Anne’s writings and photos have been a real inspiration for her (and me!).

Anne’s book, “8 Types of Natural Light…” is a part of our curriculum for my daughter this school year as she incorporates academics into her love of photography and travel. I find Anne’s writing to be very clear, concise and easy to understand and she has a natural voice that is very present and authentically easy to be with. The photographs Anne has chosen to illustrate her points emphasize the text perfectly and really bring it home in our “getting it” and keep coming to mind once we are out in the field on shoot day. The information is very valuable and quickly digested. I highly recommend Anne’s book!”

- Laurie Nelson Alexander

“My heartfelt thanks to you for doing this work. I am sharing it with others in my local camera group because of the clarity of the writing and the way the photos explain and enhance your points.”

- Keith Egnor

“It offers some real advice to anyone looking to improve their landscapes and some real amazing eye candy for anyone who appreciates beautiful images. ”

“If you haven’t done so, go get it. It has beautiful images, and is chockfull of useful information. And it’s free!!! What are you waiting for?”

“I just got my copy, and it’s a beautiful book. I especially enjoy the balance between the text and the dominance of the photos for the topics you’re trying to highlight and illustrate.”

“I enjoyed reading your first eBook! You covered all the bases and your photos are awesome. It was an easy read in a conversational style. Looking forward to following your adventure through your photos and blog.”

- Jimmy Clark

“Thank you Anne for putting together a beautifully done guide to natural lighting that’s simple and easy to understand yet elegant with real photo world application, and for free!! I have shared it with my “Beginners” photography circle on Google+ and have encouraged others to do the same. You should be proud that you will have undoubtedly helped many people new to photography to “see the light” and remind us that are not beginners to take a step back once in a while and take notice.”

- Michael Lawson

“Anne McKinnell produces some truly incredible photography and any book written by her is sure to share some insight into the craft of photography with folks of all skill levels. ”

“Loved the eBook. Even though I’m a filmmaker and not a photographer we both need light to create beautiful imagery.”

- Kevin J Railsback
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