When working to represent a specific season or time of year, the first thing I like to do is collect some thoughts on what defines that season and sets it apart from all the others. Spring is about new life emerging after the harsh months of winter, the days get longer, shoots and leaves begin to appear and where I live, there’s a sudden influx of lambs leaping around in the fields!
The most attractive thing to shoot within the spring is the vast array of eye catching flowers that appear. The pink blossoms, the brightly colored tulips and crocuses, and many more all show up. There’s nothing wrong with photographing flowers in the spring, in fact, it’s probably the best time of year to photograph flowers, but please remember there’s much more to spring than flowers!
When you do come across flowers that you want to shoot, try it with a fresh approach, consider your angles, whether you’re filling the frame with the subject, whether you want to put it into context and whether you’re using the light effectively.
So when you’re out and about, think about how your shots represent spring. If you’re shooting a landscape, think about the time of day that your working. Maybe shooting in the middle of the day looks like any other time of year, but try shooting at sunrise and you might be able to get a shot of the mist lifting in a valley as the bright morning sun comes up.
Here are a few links to really useful tutorials and articles that will teach you more about this type of photography:
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I hope you’ve enjoyed the above photographs and that they’ve inspired you to go out and capture something amazing for yourself!
We’d love to see your favorite spring time shots – just post a comment and link below. Also, feel free to link to any resources that you’ve found particularly helpful in this area.