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5 Spring Photography Tips For Beginners

Now that we’re well into spring, you may be itching to dust off the new digital camera you got for Christmas and start taking some photos. If you’re a beginner, you may wonder how you will ever be able to shoot quality photographs. Whether you want to photograph your kid’s sporting events or the flowers in your garden, if you follow a few basic tips, your photography will be much better. Here’s five spring photography tips to get you started.

sunflower and sunset
Photo Credits: micheal bollino/500px

Spring photography tips for beginners

1.Create Pleasing Compositions

The best photographs are well thought out, with your subject and the background intentionally framed to create a pleasant composition. How do you compose good photographs? If you’re thinking about it, you’re probably well on your way. Just remain aware of all the items in your photo. Extra trees, power lines or other items may need to be cropped out of your scene.

spring fields in Sardinian country
Photo Credits: Carlo Murenu/500px

2. Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is the single most important rule for composing a quality photograph. Basically, this means that you need to divide the rectangular image into thirds using vertical and horizontal imaginary lines. Then, your subject should be placed where two of the lines intersect. Nothing is more boring than another photo of the sunset with the sun placed smack dab in the middle of the photo.

yellow bird sitting on a tree branch -- spring photography
Photo Credits: y2- hiro/500px

3. Read the Manual

That’s right; you need to dust off the manual, too. Even the most basic digital cameras have features that will allow you to take better photos if you bother to read the manual. Basic digital cameras often have different “scene” modes that allow you to change automatic settings to take better photos of sporting events, landscapes, close-ups and more. Basically, these different modes change the two most important camera settings, aperture and shutter speed, to automatically adjust for different situations. DSLR cameras allow the photographer to control the aperture and shutter speed, so it’s important to find out how to operate your camera.

4. Consider Lighting

Many spring photographs are shot outdoors, and you need to consider the overall weather and lighting conditions. If you take a photograph outdoors on a bright, sunny day, you may actually need to turn on your flash to light the subject and compensate for harsh shadows. Do not shoot photos with the sun directly behind your subject, or you will end up with a very dark photograph.

spring photography Photo Credits: Chip Phillips/500px

5. Try Zooming In

Often, the best photographs are those taken from a unique vantage point. Try zooming in to the most important or interesting portion of your subject, or take a photo from above or at eye level. Don’t forget to lose the items that are unimportant. Try to show the viewer what you see.

Tulip fields just outside Alkmaar, North-Holland, Netherlands
Photo Credits: Allard Schager/500px

Conclusion

These five spring photography tips should have you well on your way to shooting awesome spring photographs. Now, you can document your memories and enjoy the beautiful weather! Photography is truly an awesome medium to help us capture life’s most beautiful memories. I highly recommend immortalizing your best pictures into canvas prints that you can decorate your walls with and add a personal touch to your home decor!

About the author

Janette Wong is a blogger for Elephoto.ca, a Canadian online service that allows you to turn your most beautiful spring photos into wonderful personalized photobooks, calendars, cards or canvas prints.

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