Side and Backlighting
There’s more, however, to existing light photography than just the lighting itself. You need to consider angles. Many of us are taught to keep the sunlight at our back, which is known as front-lighting. The problem with this type of lighting, however, is that it creates a very two-dimensional, flat image. It fails to bring out the natural shadows and depth of your subject.
You should try instead to use backlighting and side lighting. Backlighting means that the sun is facing towards the camera. You can use backlighting to create silhouettes, and it also makes for better portrait photographs. People don’t squint with the sun to their back.
Side lighting means just what it sounds like: light coming in from either side of the subject. Side lighting adds depth and contrast to an image by adding shadows to it. If you are photographing an intricate subject, then you should use side lighting.
But, to use both of these techniques, you must figure out when the sun is going to hit your subject just right. So, you must scout out the area beforehand, and be prepared to sit all day until you find that golden time.