…only to ruin the shot with bad light.
So what counts as bad light?
Two main situations.
First, shooting under the harsh, midday sun will pretty much always ruin your shots. The midday sun just isn’t good for nature photography!
And second, shooting in low light, at any time of the day. Unless you’re shooting with a tripod, your shots will end up grainy or blurry, which you definitely don’t want.
Which begs the question:
What is good light?
I recommend that you do nature photography at two main times.
First, you can capture some great nature photography under cloudy skies. Cloudy light is especially great for photography that involves color because the clouds diffuse the light and saturate the colors.
Second, you can always rely on the golden hours, which are the two hours after sunrise and before sunset. Golden-hour light is warm, wonderful and, well, golden. It’s perfect for capturing that stunning, once-in-a-lifetime shot.
In fact, most of the best nature photography you’ve seen was probably taken during golden hour. It’s just that amazing!