The Magic of LightBy Gabby Salazar
One of the keys to making good images is to understand lighting. Photographers take pictures at all times of day, but there are two special times that produce magical light. I like to call it "butter light" because of the golden color that it casts on the landscape.
You may see this light just after dawn as you are riding the bus to school or a few hours before sunset. This month, pick a spot near your house — perhaps a national wildlife refuge — and take a day to visit that spot at different times. Go outside at sunrise, right around lunchtime, in the afternoon and just before sunset. Take a picture of the same area each time. Look at these pictures to see the difference in the color of the landscape throughout the day. Examine shadows to see how they change.
Read all of Gabby Salazar's columns – especially written with young people in mind – and learn more about photography on his tips for kids page.
Last updated: November 30, 2009