Many of us budding photographers shy away from venturing out with the camera on a cold Winters day, despite that Winter is one of the best times of the year for photography.
Most of us would hasten the coming of the Spring and all it’s photographic opportunities. So let’s take a look at some photography tips on Spring photography and how best to shoot Spring’s blooming delights.
- Blooming Spring
Bluebells. A favourite with photographers, a trip to the local forest or woodland area is a must. Personally I love to use a technique which I call painting which gives an artistic look to the colour and light found in a woodland bluebell scene.
For compact cameras. Your camera needs to be set to P and your ISO to 100.
You could alternatively turn to ‘Landscape Mode’ in your Scene Settings.
For SLR’s you could turn your mode dial to S or TV and set the shutter speed to about 1/15 second or slower depending on how bright the day is.
Now frame your scene and steadily and smoothly ‘flick’ the camera upwards at the same time as pressing the shutter and see what you get.
Daffodils & Tulips Each year we look forward to the emergence of these common yet beautiful blooms, not least because they kindle our joy for their heralding Spring. It seems an age since we were able to point a lens at a flower in the garden. But before filling a vase and settling a bunch of them on a window sill, how about setting up a background and arranging a still life scene.
Choose a room in the house where the sunshine is not too strong and set up a table near the window. Put the camera onto a tripod or a secure place where it can sit still whilst the picture is being taken.
Set the camera’s self timer to 2 seconds if it has it, or 10 seconds. Frame the scene, focus, press the shutter right down and stand back and let the camera take the picture.
Blossom and Rapeseed. When you really think on the colours of Spring, the variety of pinks of the blossom and the deep yellow of the rapeseed fields, how can you not want to go in search of a scene filled with this richness?
However, in our enthusiasm we can sometimes forget that a good picture needs good composition. A picture of a blossom filled tree will not hold your viewers attention for too long. Neither will a picture that shows a yellow field in the bottom half and a blue sky in the top half.
When venturing out to capture a colour filled scene it would be good to ask “What is the colourful element going to complement?” Or “What is going to help to enhance this splash of colour?” A house, castle, lone tree, human element, graceful horse or rusty barn are just a few examples that we can consider when seeing our scene in our mind’s eye.
Furthermore, if you can compose the animal, building or human element in the scene so that it is not in the centre then you may find your final image becomes far more compelling than if you landed it dead centre.
We haven’t even mentioned the snowdrops, the primroses, fresh vibrant green leaves on the trees, fields of green barley or spreads of wildflowers, poppies, cornflowers, buttercups and daisies.
Spring and all it’s blooming wonders can come and go before we so much as dust off our cameras, so this year, look out for it and go out looking for it!