After a long winter with limited options for taking photos I can’t wait to get out. One of the best I found on how to improve my spring photography was to visit a local conservatory. You’ll find tons of spring photography ideas as you walk around. All you have to do is stop and look around you. The options are almost endless
Tips for taking better images of springtime
Often the challenge with spring is how short a season it really is. Once the weather is right flower start growing quickly. Combine that with the weather and you may have only a handful of days to grab some great shots. To get spring images that look amazing you’ll have to plan your location, time of day very carefully.
Here are my top tips for taking beautiful spring photos
- Tip 1 Camera gear – I find the best camera gear for taking spring photos is to have as little gear as possible. I often take 2 cameras with me. I’ll have the nifty fifty 50mm 1.8 go to lens to capture just about anything. This lens is ideal for a range of reason but probably the most important is the depth of field and produce some beautiful photos of spring. Spring time isn’t all beautiful so taking photos when part of the scene is dull and muddy and the other flourishing with life controlling the depth of field becomes critical. The other lens is a macro lens and typically I grab the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens. This allows for some amazing close ups and when back-lit correctly you can get some unique images of spring season.
- Tip 2 location – When in doubt head to your local greenbelt or forest to take spring flowers pictures. Life thrives here and will start as soon as possible so be ready. Often it will take a few trips to any one location to get the right time. You’ll need to consider how quick things begin to bloom and be prepared for it.
- Tip 3 – position – Don’t stand there look down. Much of the action is down at ground level and for that you’ll need to get down on your knees or even lay down to grab that photo. As I said in my post the best photo tip I have stopping and looking around and for the spring that includes looking down. The contrast between life starting and the dull murkiness of winter can often be captured at ground level and can produce some beautiful pictures of the spring season.
With a little practice and regular trips to the same location you’ll find that quickly you can produce some spring images you can use as wallpaper images.
Spring time family photography
Spring is the perfect time to take some family portrait photography at a local park or garden. Remember to head out early in the morning or later in the afternoon to grab the golden hours of sunlight. If you want to be in the photo find a local family photographer to take some pictures for you.
Building your spring photography skills is easily transferable to other types of photography. The skills you learn when outdoors is not much different than taking photos of family and friends at home. It’s all part of the art of photography.