[Here's an article for my readers in the Southern Hemisphere who are now well into Spring]
I love the spring. There is no better time to capture life at its prime. When the sun starts shining, and flowers start blooming, dust off your camera and get ready. You'll no doubt capture some colorful images that truly impress. To get the most out of the spring, you need to know where all of the best spring photo opportunities can be found. Try out some of these tips to get as much as you can out of the unique season that is the spring.
Rain brings color contrast
It rains a lot in the spring, and you should take advantage of it. Keep your camera on hand when it rains so you can capture the moment the sun comes back out. There is nothing more dramatic than a brightly illuminated subject set against the backdrop of a storm on its way out. The dark blue of the cloud brings out the bright orange highlights in a truly spectacular way.
Flowers are especially pretty after a storm. If you have a macro lens, you can get up really close and get a shot of the water droplets still clinging onto them. Even if it hasn't just stormed, you can sprinkle some water on your garden as it is blooming. Your neighbors might think you're a little strange, but the photos will be worth it.
Take advantage of the last spring snow
Sometimes the world expects sunshine but gets snow. The last snow of the season is a particularly beautiful day. Flowers and leaves stick out of whiteness, and if you frame the shot just right, you can create some photos with a lot of color contrast.
The next time it snows in the spring, run for your camera. Try to frame some flowers or leaves in the foreground of a snowy landscape shot. Make sure you bring a tripod so you can get the highest possible aperture setting. These kinds of shots are best done in the early morning and twilight hours when light tends to be limited, so you will need all of the help you can get.
Don’t forget to get in close for some macro shots of snow-covered foliage. Focus on the most colorful part of the photo and use the background to balance it out. Photos like this tend to be extremely bright and impressive. They’re worth the effort involved in bringing along and extra lens.
Document the stages of life
Not only is the spring truly beautiful when flowers come into bloom, it’s really great for documenting how life bounces back after the winter. Don’t wait to start your springtime photography. Jump right in as soon as you see the first little flower buds on your trees.
Get out your macro lens and take a few images of the same tree or flower every few days to document how it is changing. Surprisingly, even though flowers are incredibly beautiful when they are in full bloom, they have a unique and different kind of beauty when they are on the way. Don’t just photograph the spring in its prime. Get photos of every stage.
This applies to animals as much as it does to flowers. Capture young deer, lambs or birds from taking their first steps to comfortably galloping (or flying) around.
Put on your bright clothes and take a portrait
Now that the sun is out and you can walk around town without a jacket, why not get some portraits of your family and friends in their colorful spring clothes? Take a day to scout a shooting location with a lot of fresh flower blooms, call up your friends who might be interested, and go out for a Saturday photo shoot.
The key to getting this right is to make sure your subjects are wearing bright colors and that the background provides a nice contrast to them. Start off with the more traditional portraits and then let people do their thing over lunch while you capture some candid shots. The more you can give off the impression that it is spring, the more authentic the portraits will be.
Make the most of it once the first few warm days of spring arrive. Take the opportunity to get out and about with your camera in during one of the best times of year to be outside!
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