Here is a very quick tip: See the light.
Look for the direction of light (above: back light), the contrast range in a scene (above: medium), and the color of light (above: warm).
In the opening shot for this post, back light, which created beautiful rim light, makes the shot more than snapshot. The back light also adds a sense of depth to the image, much like a background light adds a sense of depth to a portrait.
Compare the light in the opening picture to the flat light in the photo below – which was taken in the shade.
Explore the light,
P.S. I took these pictures of the cute Bambie in my backyard this morning. Another tip: Always have a camera ready.
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