It’s spring. I know, it’s hard to tell sometimes in western New York. But the days are getting longer and the temperatures are rising (a little) and it’s time to come out of hibernation to watch the landscape come alive again. Or, better yet, take out your camera and document the seasonal shift. Here are some quick photo tips:
1. Don’t be afraid of the rain.
Spring showers can give an added dimension to your images. Try getting close to flowers or windows or puddles to capture a drip or droplet or reflection that could take your average photo to the next level.
2. Get dirty.
Lay on the ground to capture an eye-level view of a budding flower or setting sun. If you’re photographing your kids, employ the same strategy — get down to their level. You’ll be surprised how much a change in background and perspective can improve a picture.
3. Get out at dawn and dusk.
The most interesting, softest, most colorful light is out when the sun is low in the sky, so take pictures early in the morning or during the hour or so before the sun sets.
4. Create contrast.
If you see a radiant color, try to find an angle that results in a dark or monotone background so that it’s more striking.
5. Shoot a lot and be patient.
If you find a good subject, don’t pick one angle, take one picture and walk away. Think about how you can make it more interesting and stick with it for awhile. If you’re shooting digital all you’re wasting is battery power.
Perhaps most importantly, focus on the things and people that you enjoy. The real key to taking good pictures is knowing and appreciating your subject matter.