To refine your skills as a photographer it is important to Practice-Practice-Practice. During the month of March I spent some time each morning practicing photographing the sunrise. I took hundreds of photos, using different settings on my camera. I would then load them into my computer and see which settings got me the desired shots. The next day I would start with that setting and then start the process all over again.
While I went through this process, I also learned a lot about the natural lighting in the sky. For instance I found that on many mornings there was a time about 20-30 minutes before sunrise when the sky would take on some beautiful colors. It would only last for a few minutes so if you didn't know when to look for it you would miss a great opportunity for a beautiful photo. Here is the result of one of those predawn shots.
Every morning in March brought another spectacular sunrise. Here is another of my photos from these practice sessions. On this morning there were a lot of clouds so I photographed the sun just as it came up over the ocean and before it went into the next bank of clouds. Note how the light shines through the clouds above it.
Practicing photography can take many forms, from my self-imposed challenges to formal classes and workshops.