Light is the most important element in photography. You are capturing the light and the type of light affects the image you will create.
The magic times are sunset and sunrise, the ‘golden hour‘ and the ‘blue hour‘. This is when you get the lovely soft light. Above was taken by shooting towards the sky where the sun was setting, creating silhouettes of anything in the foreground. Below is the view west using the golden light from the sun rising in the east which gives the landscape a warm colouring.
Sometimes you can use reflected light or diffused light where you can make use of light bounced off another surface.
There is overcast light which can be soft and subtle with a blue tint.
Backlight can produce interesting photographs with light filtering through the subject (as in leaves or a flower) or a sun flare as in a landscape image.
Direct light is usually a harsh light casting strong shadows. Colours can be overblown , but black and white images work well. I was lucky with this Hydrangea taken in the middle of the day.
Open shade occurs where there is no direct sunlight, but a filtered light which is soft and dreamy.
Sometimes the light is extraordinary and unusual like this sky below which was seen this week during a lightning storm.
And sometimes we create our own light, through using flash or long exposures.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #19 | Magical Light