As spring has finally arrived here in Eastern Pennsylvania I’m excited and feel renewed about shooting the beautiful spring growth. Although she’s running a little late this year (spring that is), the trees are coming to life and the flowers are sprouting up saying look at me! This is a busy time of year for me capturing spring greens and fresh colors along with teaching spring workshops. Life is good!!!
I thought I would share a few tips for making the most of your spring photography:
- Isolate - Make your subject clear. If you are photographing a group of flowers, isolate one, two or three. Select a specific subject to photograph out of the group making your main subject stand out.
- Opposites Attract - The strongest color contrast is between opposite colors, red and green. This is because "warm colors advance and cool colors recede." Placing red against green can create an almost three dimensional appearance.
- Backgrounds - The backgrounds are at least as important as the main subject. Nothing can kill an image quicker than a busy background. There may be as little as an inch or less of camera repositioning to go from a distracting background to a pleasing, detail-less, muted background.
- Leading lines – Leading lines are probably one of my most used elements of design and incorporating them into your photography will certainly make your images stronger!
Many of my students will ask what type of equipment do I use or would I recommend. For all of my macro work I use one of the following Tamron lenses. I also use a carbon fiber Gitzo tripod (GT3541XLS) which is an invaluable tool for creating solid compositions and shooting with a slow shutter speed.
I hope you found this post useful and go out and try some of these tips and see how things turn out for you.
Best of Light,