As your skills improve, you become more and more selective about when you take pictures especially if you’re doing it for yourself.
So don’t be surprised if you catch yourself waiting for the sun to peek out from behind the clouds.
While I was at this year’s Lunar Festival in downtown Riverside, my camera didn’t leave the bag as I was walking around.
It was very overcast all afternoon.
Fortunately when the band called Liquid Blue performed on the main stage, the clouds parted and we got some nice warm late evening sunlight bathing the stage.
I was able to walk around and keep the backgrounds dark and in shadow so that my subject, the singers, easily stood out without any post-production.
Compare the pictures I made of the crowd and audience not lit by the sun and those of the stage and you’ll get a feel of the big difference it makes.
The late evening strong directional light may be a little tougher to expose but it sure makes the singers ‘pop’ because of the contrast.