Now that another winter is behind us, photographers can get giddy about the shots that are waiting to be captured throughout spring. Gone are the murky grey days and instead, bursts of colour pop up as flowers come into bloom.
It isn’t just the flowers that have a new burst of life at this time. You’ll see the birds preparing their nests for their new family, newborn lambs leaping across fields, and the likes of hedgehogs, bats and dormice breaking out of hibernation to enjoy the milder weather of spring.
Spring brings completely different scenery to capture than that of winter. If you’re raring to pack up your camera equipment and head off to the great outdoors, take some time to read our five tips beforehand, to really the make the most of your spring photos.
1. Get up high for the perfect sunrise shot
Spring sunrises are much clearer and brighter than those in winter, although they do still have the misty or dewy effect to them. The perfect sunrise shot can usually be found higher up in the hills, where the mist or fog stays longer than on lower ground.
The contrast between the bright morning sky and the mystical fog and mist makes a pretty impressive shot, so it’s well worth getting up early to enjoy a climb, with enough time to prepare your equipment for the sun rising.
2. Head into woodland to capture wild flowers
In the depths of forests is where daisies, dandelions and bluebells tend to thrive. A close up shot of a single flower and stem is a great way to highlight the vibrant colours of spring, in comparison to the dark woodland ground. For these shots, take a macro lens along with you on your photography shoot.
During your trip to the woods, make the most of your time there by experimenting with various shots. You could go from a close up shot of the dainty flowers on the floor, to a vertical shot to emphasise the height of the trees looking up to the blue skies above. The shots are great for capturing various textures and colours, from the dark rough bark to the lush greenery above, then even further, the smoothness of the clear blue sky.
3. What about sun glare?
Spring photography can still suffer from the low sun, much like photography in winter. It happens so often where you find the perfect setting, only to discover glare from the sun as soon as you lift your camera.
Don’t worry about missing the perfect shot – all it takes is a little adjusting to capture the perfect spring setting. Pick your focal point and make sure you position your camera in a spot where the sun is coming in from behind it, but a little to the side too, rather than directly behind.
4. Patience will give you the best shots
This is especially true when capturing newborn animals in spring. Lambs can happily leap across the fields one moment, only to scatter at the sight of you approaching with your camera equipment. If you’re looking to capture the lambs in their natural environment and at their most relaxed, all it takes is a little patience.
Find a spot where you won’t impose on the sheep and lambs too much, then settle down low to the ground and prepare your equipment. They may be a little wary of you to begin with, but if you’re patient, they will eventually go back to their playful bouncing around the field, giving you the perfect chance to take some photos.
5. Capture the colours as you see them
The vibrant colours of spring bring such a lovely contrast to the darker, neutral colours of winter, yet it can be so disappointing when they don’t appear as bright in the photos you take.
This is easily rectified if you use a polariser, a type of optical filter, to capture your photos. By helping to reduce any glare or reflections that your camera lens picks up, the natural colour that you see with your own eyes will show in your images, too.
We’ve no doubt that you’ll have a fantastic time capturing photos throughout spring, in all kinds of settings and landscapes, through different weather and terrains. To protect your camera and all its equipment, why not invest in a protective case like the Dave 500? It’s a sturdy case that’s also dustproof and waterproof, so you can rest assured that your equipment will be safe and sound, tucked away in the case during your spring photography journeys.