Today we are sharing our favorite things to photograph in spring. Many photographers have a love-hate relationship with spring. After a long winter, most are welcoming its arrival. However, when you live in a place with snow it also means a giant unattractive mess. It means mud, and puddles, and neon green grass. It can leave a photographer feeling uninspired. There is however beauty within in it too. We are asked our community to share its favorite springtime images with us. Look for photographic inspiration in these things.
1. Blooms and Blossoms
Perhaps the best part of spring is the blooming flowers and trees. While this doesn’t generally happen until later in the season it is worth the wait.
Tips- To make your flowers stand out use a shallow depth of field. This will make your background blurry, you need a large aperture to do so. We recommend starting at f/2.8. Anywhere between f/2.8 and f/4 should work to blur the background. Also, try to shoot on an overcast day, the soft light yields the most complimentary results.
2. Rain and Rainbows
April showers bring May flowers, right? Rain also brings rainbows! You have to embrace the rain and find creative ways to photograph it.
Tips – Get outside! Rainy windows can make for an excellent moody portrait. Grab a friend or a tripod and position your subject in the window. You can shoot outside looking in and inside looking out.
Look for rainbows. Anytime the sun peeks out after a rain you should scan the sky for a rainbow. Look in the opposite direction of the sun.
Grab an umbrella! Umbrellas can make an excellent prop and make for some really fun shots. We love the clear umbrella for its ability to see your subject through it. Another great option is an all red umbrella for a vibrant pop of color. For a high contrast, choice check out this vintage style black and white umbrella.
Tips – To freeze the motion of a waterfall you will want to use a fast shutter speed. We recommend starting at 1/1000 if you are still not freezing the motion make your shutter even faster. If you want smooth silky water and want to show motion you need a slow shutter. We reccomend starting at 2 seconds and making adjustments as needed. You will need a tripod with this slow of a shutter. Our favorite compact tripod is this one by Rangers, it is perfect for travel.
Image by Jena Backus
With all the rain spring brings, puddles are easy to find. Head out after a fresh rain and look for puddles and reflections. Urban areas work really great for this because the streets and sidewalks collect puddles.
Images by (left) Arianna Origgi @onceinabluepool(right) Kaquie Rocha
Tips- Vary your angle. Get down low and photograph the puddle and reflection, then stand up and do the same. Head out at night for some fun city lights and colors in your puddles.
Tips – To capture birds you need three things. A zoom lens, a fast shutter, and patience. We recommend setting your shutter to at least 1/1000 and using a large aperture to put the focus on the bird f/2.8 is a good starting point.
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About the Author
Beth Mancuso is a portrait and landscape photographer based out of Minnesota. She has been in business as a portrait photographer for over ten years. She has spent the last six years working as an instructor and mentor. Her work has been featured by National Geographic, Huff Post, My Modern Met, Peta Pixel, and Lensbaby. Her work has been published in Click, Midwest Living, and Black and White Magazine. You can read more about her here. You can find a portfolio of her landscape work here. You can find here portrait work here.