Spring a common favorite season because of the warmth and life associated with the season. “Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer,” said the author Geoffrey B. Charlesworth. We’ve put together posts with inspirational photos for summer, fall, and winter, and now we’re finally showcasing the beauty of spring! Though it’s the last season we’re featuring, it’s certainly not the least interesting, especially for nature photographers. Here are some of the best subjects to photograph this spring in our series of spring pictures below.
Ideas for Spring Photos
Below are a few ideas for spring pictures from the Photo Argus community.
Spring Tree Blossoms
Tree blossoms, and particularly cherry blossoms, are a symbol of spring. When trees begin to flower, it’s a sure sign that warmer weather is on the way. A simple, colorful photo of tree blossoms can be striking enough, but you can experiment with bokeh or black and white photography, too. You can also use the blossoms as a frame for other subjects, instantly giving your photo a spring feel.
Crocuses, tulips, daffodils, bluebells… After tree blossoms, spring flowers are the next subject photographers love shooting during springtime. Sometimes, these flowers even show up before winter is over, leading to colorful flower shots in the snow. It doesn’t matter how bleak the rest of the landscape looks; a single spring flower can make the whole scene look beautiful.
Although flowers tend to get the most attention during springtime, new leaves can be just as lovely. Their bright green color works especially great against a dark background. And, like flowers, they can be wonderful subjects for bokeh photos.
Although you can photograph green grass at any time of the year, it has a brightness that particularly fits the freshness of spring. Besides, lush green grass is often more common in the spring before the dryness of summer sets in. Like flowers, you can use green grass to brighten dreary subjects like bare trees, or you can simply get a close-up shot of dew-covered grass, right as the sun rises.
Birds are another subject you can photograph at any time of the year, but they’re especially appropriate to photograph in the spring as they migrate back from their winter roosts. They also combine well with other spring subjects like tree blossoms.
Traditionally, robins are viewed as a sign of spring, but in fact, they’re more adaptable than other species and can survive in snowy winter landscapes just fine. Still, their colorful feathers match the spirit of springtime, so they’ve managed to keep their reputation as spring birds!
While some wild animals like bears and squirrels give birth in the dead of winter, the majority wait until spring has begun. That’s because spring is the easiest season for animals to survive in. The weather is getting warmer, and there’s plenty of food available, like the green grass mentioned earlier.
Of course, if you can’t find any newborn animals, you can always have a spring-themed photo shoot with a dog or cat. It can end up being just as cute.
Springtime has been celebrated for centuries. Nowadays, that joy is evident in celebrations like Easter and Holi, which are important to a large part of the world. In addition to those, the season has holidays like Mother’s Day, which are smaller yet still significant.
All of these celebrations are opportunities for photographers to capture beauty, culture, and memories. Whatever holidays are important to you in the spring, remember to take a photo to commemorate them! Even if you can’t attend a big event or be with your loved ones, you can still do something to make the holiday special.
Tips for Better Spring Pictures
To capture better spring photos, follow these basic tips:
- Always have the intent of the picture in mind. Is the photo’s purpose to tell a story, to capture beauty, to capture life, or to simply document a moment? Understanding the purpose and intent will make your spring photography better and more impactful.
- Understand the basics of color theory. To find colors that go well together, understand a few basic terms like complementary colors, analogous colors, and contrasting colors. Then find ways to incorporate colors to go well with each other.
- Tell a story. Utilize the “wide, medium, tight” framework to capture full stories. In other words, start with a wide photo, zoom in for a medium composition, and then consider going in tight. These three different views will help complete the series of pictures.