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3:00 AM 9th April 2022
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Spring Photography Tips To Help You Capture The Beauty Of The Season

The lighter mornings and longer evenings are the perfect indication that spring is just around the corner. With flowers starting to bloom, trees growing back their leaves and the skies getting brighter– it’s certainly one of the most photogenic times of year. With our time outdoors starting to increase due to warmer temperatures, it’s the perfect opportunity to make the most of this beautiful season through photography.

Ahead of the first day of spring this Sunday, a photo expert at CEWE, has shared their top five tips to help you capture the beauty of spring in your photographs.

Look for colour in everything you capture

Whether its fresh green grass spotted on an afternoon walk in the park, bright yellow tulips popping up in your garden or the crisp blue sky, spring provides many wonderful colours that should be captured. Try and focus on bright colours that complement something a bit subtler, like white or green, as this will make your photos pop and allow the bold spring colours to stand out even more.

Consider your composition when photographing wildlife

Spring is the time of year when wildlife that has been hibernating for the colder winter period makes its return and these moments are truly wonderful to capture. The trick to doing so effectively, is to carefully consider your composition – meaning how all the elements sit together within the frame. One of the basics of photography and a common composition technique is the ‘Rule of Thirds’. Imagine your image is divided by two horizontal lines and two vertical lines, creating a 3×3 grid. Whether you are out in the garden, on a walk or shooting through a window, position the wildlife you’re photographing near to these lines, or close to one of the four intersections of the grid. By placing them off-centre, you’ll capture images that are much more natural and pleasing to the eye.

Make sure you’re shooting in landscape mode

Making the most of the settings on your camera is key for ensuring your spring photography stands out. You may find that if you’re shooting in the standard mode, your images aren’t quite picking up the vibrancy and beauty that you can see with your own eyes. This is where the mode on your camera will help as they will enhance the spring colours that you want to see clearly and boldly. Setting your camera to landscape mode when capturing the spring season will boost the bold colours that can be seen in person, reflected in your photos.

Take lighting into consideration

The best time to take photographs in the spring season is during the ‘golden hour’. This means the time around sunrise and sunset when the light has that golden glow. If you position your subject in front of the light source, this time of day is perfect for capturing striking silhouettes of animals, wildlife and buildings. It’s best to avoid taking photographs during the middle of the day, as the light is a little too harsh and may leave your photos looking too bright, causing the beautiful colours of spring to be lost. A mistake people often make when taking photographs during spring is being put off by clouds. Clouds are actually really beneficial as they help to diffuse the light, making it softer and removing harsh shadows -ensuring your photos capture the very essence of spring without appearing too bright.

Make the most of the simple joy surrounding you

Although spring is symbolic for flowers blooming, the season also marks the start of firsts for many other elements of nature that can make beautiful photos. Look for buds growing on trees in the garden, birds returning home or even spiders spinning webs. Spring embodies the simplest yet joyful moments that when captured, can truly make the most amazing photographs.

Once you’ve captured all of your beautiful spring photos, why not showcase them in a photobook, where you can look back at them over the years to come and continue to admire their beauty.

For more information about CEWE, visit: https://www.cewe.co.uk/