Composition: Being Creative with Light

During 2020 I ran a photography challenge over on my travel blog looking at different techniques throughout the year. I was not expecting that the year itself would prove to be a challenge in that the Covid-19 pandemic hit us and not only put paid to any travel plans, but also altered the way in which we conducted our lives. This year I am going to look at those techniques again using new photographs as and when I get the opportunity.

May was about another of the six visual keys which help to create a great photograph. This month was about being creative with light. Photography literally means writing with light which immediately tells you how important lighting is. And with light comes shadows. Another important feature. An appreciation of light is crucial to making great photographs.


A shady and rather dark spot in a local garden is brought to life by the light shining through the ferns and grass beyond and reflecting on the old stone wall and drinking trough.

Above I was struck by how the deep shade on this wall was lifted by the sunlight dappling through and highlighting the mosses and navelwort.


Light and shade in a bluebell wood with the leaves from above casting pretty shadows on the tracks.


I am very fond of capturing the light through flowers and leaves. The Viridiflora tulips could have been totally overlooked merging into the background without the light shining through.


Shooting into the sun over water created not only silhouettes of the fishermen on the shore, but also captured the sea glitter the bright, sparkling light formed when sunlight reflects from water waves.

Colour of light

Late afternoon sun in winter creates a warm colour to this harbour image.
After an afternoon of rain and cloud, the cloud suddenly lifted to reveal the pink sky. Sunset – May 18 @ 21:20

If you would like to have a look at the different techniques covered throughout the year then you can see them here. Please note that I am not running this as a challenge, but merely using the old one as inspiration for my photography this year.


  1. Suzanne says:

    There is one positive aspect of cloud, rain then a dash of sun, is the rainbows followed by amazing sunsets. We are having all sorts here, strange sort of weather.

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