When taking photographs of subjects in nature, one of the most important factors which will impact the quality of an image is the photo lighting that is available. When taking photographs in a studio, you, as the photographer, are able to control the lighting and the shadows with which you are working. In a natural outdoor setting, lighting is something that you need to work with rather than try to control.
With time and practice, a photographer will understand how natural light will impact a photograph and be able to use a variety of types of light and angles effectively. Natural light can be used to create interest and specific colors in a picture. Light can enhance shadows, emphasize colors and highlight objects in a photograph. Landscape photography and shots that capture flowers and other objects in the environment can benefit from understanding how to make use of natural light.
Photo light can originate from a number of sources in nature. In the morning, there is the sunlight while in the evening, there is the moonlight. There is also natural light which is less direct than either the direct sun or moonlight. Each of these sources of light can be used effectively by a photographer. The trick is to know how to use it by angling the camera and the subject to achieve the exposure and effect that you want.
In order to use light and shadows effectively, a photographer needs to study the light and the shadows that correspond to the subject. Using shadows as a main source of light, rather than natural light, will increase its dramatic effect.