Photography lighting is a fun part of photography as it lets you explore different tricks and techniques. Photography is about creativity and lighting gives you just that chance even more so when you are outdoors. Outdoor photographs can have very many interpretations depending on the lighting techniques that one chooses to use at any given time, this means that there are no rigid rules when it comes to lighting. It all depends on the message that you want to relay with the photographs subject determined by how you use color and contrast. Color and contrast are the two cornerstones of lighting and you ought to master the techniques if you are to be the next big photographer.
Outdoor photography is well captured using the side lighting as this brings about the essence and the beauty of whatever the subject is. The thing about side lighting is that it cats deep shadows as well as silhouettes upon the subject brought about by the diffusion caused by a wall or any object used for this purpose. This photography lighting technique is also perfect with black and white photographs which are more captivating if they show deep or slight contrast as well as depth in the silhouette created.
The front lighting technique is probably less of a technique than it is a myth. Photographers are often advised to capture the subject with the sun light behind camera so as to avoid the bright effect that will smug the photograph's appearance. Yet the truth is it is much better to use the back light techniques of lighting. The main problem with the front lighting is that it does not always bring out the color intensity of the subject. On the contrary the back light technique is great for the outdoors as it pits camera lens toward the sun but protects the subject against the sun. This technique brings out the color as well as the background intensity against which the subject poses.