Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping again, and the snow is melting. That means that spring is FINALLY here again! If you are like me, the last of the winter months may leave you feeling as though you are in a bit of a photography slump: tired of the same cold, dreary weather and ready for some change and inspiration. Well, alas, spring has sprung and I’m here to give you a jump start on your creativity. Below are three shooting perspectives to try this year when shooting spring. Also included is a springtime bucket list to get those creative juices flowing. Try incorporating each of these shooting perspectives for the items in the list to add some variety to your springtime shots.
Views from above the plane always offer a perspective that is unique and not what our eyes are accustomed to seeing. When shooting from above, be sure to pay attention to lines, shapes, and composition. Symmetry and compositional elements such as the golden ratio are often found in nature, and sometimes those elements aren’t realized until you shoot from above. If you have a drone, now is the time to fly! And if you don’t have a drone, just improvise. Try shooting from a second story window, balcony, or from a ladder or stepstool to capture a new perspective.
One of my favorite springtime shots is to shoot through. Shooting through various objects will create layering and add interest to your image. The objects you can use to shoot through are limitless: copper pipes, prisms, colored filters, etc. Capturing a rainy spring day? Try shooting through a hole in a zip top bag that has been spritzed with water. This will add texture to an otherwise drab overcast shot. My favorite thing to shoot through in the spring is flowers. Pick a flower and hold it up to your lens as you shoot. This will create some colorful foreground blur!
Shooting low to the ground with your lens pointed upward will also add a unique perspective to your springtime images. By shooting low, you can incorporate the springtime grass or flowers in your foreground giving your image depth. Shooting low will also elevate your subject into the sky which will allow you to show off those springtime puffy clouds, blue skies, or dramatic storms.
I hope that this gives you a creative jumpstart to start capturing spring! Love these tips and want more? Check out the Spring has Sprung mini course for more spring inspiration. The 44 page downloadable ebook covers spring color psychology, spring light, spring portrait prompts, capturing springtime traditions, location scouting, and so much more. Also included are 3 springtime presets, 1 directional light preset, and spring editing videos. Check it out for $20 in the Hellostoryteller store!
Since we realize the Winter Blues Slump is a real thing, we want to encourage everyone to get out shooting again! Use this Spring Bucket List as inspiration! And, of course, we want to see your work! Tag your spring photos to #hs_spring. We will be pulling images from this tag all spring on the Hello Storyteller Instagram page!
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