If you want to get better lighting for your pictures follow these simple tips.
When taking pictures outdoors try to avoid the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. because that is when the sun is the brightest. That is the light that will make your subjects squint. This light can blow a flowers colors right off it.
I find the best light to be between 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 or about 30 minutes before it gets dark. What you will find out is that the morning light is a softer white light. The evening light is more of a golden light. I love shooting in both lights although I do prefer morning light especially when I am doing natural light portraits. Natural light is when you only use the sun and no artificial light such as a flash.
Shooting on an over cast day is always a nice option. Not a cloudy rainy day just a cloudy over cast day. The clouds become a giant filter for your camera and allows you to get some really great pictures especially of flowers. You will find you will have to bump your ISO up a bit but it will be fine.
If you want to see what I am talking about take a picture of a flower in your yard in the morning, then at high noon and then in the evening. Compare the difference and see which you like better. Do you see the lighting difference on your flower? Do you see the color difference in the lighting?
Following these simple tips can make a huge difference in the quality of your pictures.