Hope springs eternal and with the right technique your spring photography can convey the hope of the season. For those of us who are less technically confident when it comes to photography, this article ought to provide some helpful tips.
Spring (which means different things depending on where on earth you are) is a time for new life and rebirth. It’s a time of renewal and hope and the photographs we take can be made more lively by capturing the natural freshness of spring.
Spring is the season of change which means it’s the time of year when spring flowers bloom, birds are nesting and people begin to think about what to do with their gardens and flower beds.
Spring Photos: What To Photograph?
Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal, and new life – so naturally you are interested in shooting photos of the new spring flowers. There are so many different species of flowers that I would strongly suggest that the best way to take them all is to photograph as much as you can when they are flowering.
When shooting pictures of flowers in bloom you will want to be sure and capture the flower in its completeness beauty.
Flowers that are in bloom in Spring are: Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Bluebells, Crocuses and many more.
With Spring photos you will want to keep in mind that it is a time when leaves are starting to bud and growing fast… so don’t just leave them out of your pictures!
Spring: The Technique
Learning how to photograph spring is simple if you follow three simple rules.
First, remember that you need great light to get great pictures of flowers in bloom. The best way to achieve good light for spring photography is to wait until the sun is low (usually by late afternoon) and then use a tripod which helps eliminate movement in your camera.
Next, remember that you need to use a wide-angle lens which will help you capture the entire flower. Also, if your flower is at the edge of a pond or water it’s probably best not to photograph it unless you want the image to be blurred.
Now, what type of camera and lens to use for spring photography? There are so many choices these days but I would suggest a camera outfit that allows for the greatest flexibility. It’s best to have a quality digital SLR with interchangeable lenses. If that’s not in your budget, however, you can still get great spring shots by using a point-and-shoot camera with a wider lens than most ‘point-and-shoots’ come with.
Finally, taking spring photos is about observation and patience – don’t be discouraged if your first pictures fail to come out well. Keep at it and you’ll soon be snapping with the best of them!
Where To Take Spring Photographs
Spring flowers are everywhere but the most interesting photographs will be those that allow you to connect with nature and capture the beauty of spring – so always be on the lookout for new (and even tough) places to take pictures.
Here is a list of some of the best spring places to go:
• Look for Spring flowers in your own backyard
• Rivers and creeks (a good time to visit is after a recent rain)
• Flowers in city centers (city parks or parks near the center of town are great options)
• Meadows and fields with interesting views of wildlife or farm animals
• Look into the distance and see what you can spot at the end of a road or path (the best places to see birds and wildlife are usually the furthest from human activity)
• Look for interesting rocks, trees, plants or other features that form picturesque scenes
Whether or not you have a chance to capture a spring flowers in an exotic location, don’t be discouraged if you don’t have the time of the best locations to go. You never know, some great pictures may be found by simply taking a look around your own yard.
Anytime you are out and about and see a new flower in bloom or some wild flowers growing give it the “Best Shot” treatment and take some pictures to remember that great moment in time.