Photography hints and tips - Spring flowers
Photographing Spring Flowers by Isabella Norman
It is now the season where flowers are born from the earth out of their sleepy slumber and the grey and dismal landscape becomes vibrant with the gradual blooming of them. Winter can be bleak and bland but gone are those days of mundane grey, now the light will begin to stream through the openings in the gradually less clouded sky. This means but two things: vivid landscapes and vivacious flowers, which are perfect to photograph.
To take some beautiful landscape photographs there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind:
Use the rule of thirds
- this rule works on the idea of splitting a photograph into six sections by placing two lines, of equal widths from one another, horizontally and two lines, of equal widths from one another, vertically. This rule can be applied to any type of photography: landscape, portraiture, architecture etc. For landscapes the aim is to position the horizon on either the upper or lower line. If the sky is the main focus of interest, then place the horizon on the lower line and if the land is more interesting then position the horizon on the upper line.
Use leading lines
- leading lines can add interest to your photographs, as they make the admirer’s eye move along the photograph. Leading lines generally start at the base of the picture and travel to a point further up in the picture. Roads, fences and railway tracks are great for creating leading lines in your photography, so look out for these features!
Use your foreground
- often the foreground of a photograph can be forgotten about or not considered but if interest is created well in the foreground it can transform your landscapes. Landscapes, if all the focus is put on the background, can end up looking very flat, so try and look for elements to put in your foreground. Such as rocks, people and shrubbery.
Now for the most exciting element in my opinion about photography in spring: the flowers. How you choose to photograph them is up to you, but here are a few ideas to get you inspired:
Document the blooming process
- its spring time, so the flowers are either blooming or beginning to, which might seem like a bit of a setback if none of the flowers are actually out. However, this is a great time to experiment with documentary photography, by taking one photograph everyday of a flower, to show its progress. These photos may seem simple but when collated together or hung in succession along a wall or going up a set of stairs, it can be really rather effective.
Zoom in on the details
- macro photography is lots of fun and when not all the flowers are out, it’s a great way of photographing flowers without the surrounding area looking sparse. Some ideas for macro photos are to: photograph dew on petal, leaves or grass and to capture the veins in the petals by holding them up to the sun.
Emphasis the vibrant colours
- in processing emphasise the colours with vibrancy and saturation but be careful to not over saturate the photos and make everything have an unnatural luminescent orange glow.
Freeze the flowers
- freezing flowers is a really great experimentation, as it allows you to play with how the light hits the ice and the different stages of thawing.
Hopefully these tips will help you this spring, to capture the wonderful changes around you. Good luck! More hints and tips can be found on the blog.