Spring is right around the corner. Rain showers are about to begin, the birds will be out in full force chirping, and flowers will begin to bloom, adding color to the landscape. Photographers should be excited (I know I am) to snap pictures as the flowers bloom and the wildlife comes out to play.
Spring is one of the best times of years to be a photographer.
If you're a beginner or a professional photographer, spring photography will paint an entirely new perspective for your photos. And more importantly, you'll start to further learn how to take memorable photos of people and nature.
When to Take Springtime Photos
You've checked the weather report, and there's good news: an abundance of sunshine all week. But the sun isn't always the best time to shoot. Sure, it's ideal for weddings because no one envisions a rainy wedding day, but the sun isn't ideal for all types of photos.
Don't misunderstand me: light is an essential part of any photo.
But you want need to learn how to adapt to the light. I recommend shooting in the early morning or late afternoon if you want a dramatic scene. A good example is if you want to capture the beauty of a mist-filled forest.
The morning hours are best, as the sun isn't at its brightest and you may actually catch the morning dew dripping off of the blades of grass. Woodland is a great choice for dramatic photography, and a wide angle lens will provide greater depth of field.
Don't be afraid of shooting during overcast either.
When there's an overcast, you can take advantage of the natural filter provided by mother nature that offers soft and even light. The glare from the sun will be absent.
Cloudy days aren't ideal for landscape pictures. Rather, you'll want to take up close shots: think animals, people, dew drops and flowers during spring.
Tips for Springtime Photography with a DSLR
You purchased a DSLR camera, but you're not sure exactly how to make the best use out of your camera. After all, professionals have a plethora of lenses and settings that they choose to use on a daily basis, but you've just started your photography hobby or career.
Well springtime is the ideal season to begin practicing different techniques.
A few tips that will go a long way during spring (with your DSLR, of course) are:
Choose the Right Lens
Landscapes and isolation are the most popular photos that people take. A rule of thumb to follow (and by all means experiment) is to:
- Choose a wide-angle lens for landscapes.
- Macro lenses are the ideal choice for close-ups and abstracts.
Obviously, if you're snapping a wedding picture, you'll need an arsenal of lenses from a 50 mm to an 85 mm, and a variety of others.
Adjust your Settings
If you want the best quality images and the least noise, choose a low ISO. When taking a picture of an animal or a person in a field of trees, set a large aperture to make the subject stand out from the background. If you need the maximum depth of field, choose the small aperture.
Ditch the Autofocus
Your DSLR comes with a nifty autofocus system. And this system does an amazing job – well, for the most part. The issue is that there are times when you want to use manual focus. I am not saying you need to ditch your fancy autofocus together, but you do want to experiment with autofocus when:
- Subjects make autofocus tricky
- Environmental conditions make autofocus tricky
Autofocus mode makes some shots considerably more difficult, and if you want to be the best photographer you can be, you need to know how to shoot manually.
Subtle and indistinct differences will be difficult for even the best DSLR autofocus system. Your DSLR's autofocus sensor needs light and contrast to perform well, and certain conditions hinder the system and make your pictures come out less than professional.
If the subject is moving, for example, a deer in the woods, you need to switch to manual focus.
Springtime is great for photographers – it has a way of bringing out a person's creativity. You want to remember to frame your picture perfectly as well. A pleasing photo composition may require you to set up a tripod and adjust your camera's levels. You'll also want to look for any distractions in the frame and tidy up the surroundings if needed.