main logo.jpg

Hi, Adam Williams here with another top tip to improve your photography!

Is it Great Light or Great Colour?

I hope you've enjoyed the tips so far, a huge turning point in my photography when I discovered the importance of photo finishing / editing.

This little gold nugget was another light bulb moment in my photography journey.

You see, I love chasing a bright colourful sunrise and sunset as much as anyone and for many years I assumed that a bright red, orange sky equalled great light.

However, did you know that great light and great colour are two separate occurrences that rarely happen together.

Understanding the subtle difference will allow you to capture more photos with great light as well as great colour!

The Difference between great Light and Great Colour

It is actually very easy to explain,

Great Light tends to occur when the sun is just above the horizon. The hour before the sun sets, or the hour after the sun rises.

Where as great colour tends to occur when the sun is just below the horizon. Take a look at the example photos below, captured only a couple of minutes apart.

The first photo was captured with the sun just above the horizon and is an excellent example of Great Light. Notice the way the subject is bathed in golden light on one side and shadows on the other.

  Great Light

Great Light


The second example below was captured with the sun below the horizon, notice the more intense colour in the sky, yet the very flat light on the subject. This is an example of Great Colour.

  Great Colour

Great Colour


30 sec's in Photoshop and we have the best of both!


Take a look back at your own photos and see if you can pick the difference between great light and great colour. If you are lucky, occasionally you will get both at the same time, however, more often than not they are 2 separate occasions.

Thanks again

Adam Williams

Improve your photography the Easy Way! @

  • Complete Photoshop Workflow for Landscape Photographers
  • Easy to follow, step by step tutorials
  • Guaranteed to Improve your photos in 30 days or your mooney back!
  • Fast Reuslts!
Award badges.jpg
Hamnoy postcard.jpg