It’s very easy to get stuck within one genre, especially if you don’t get out of the studio for days. However, the secret of successful photographers is that they do not stop there, but are always open to something new. The weather is getting warmer, so why don’t we go outside and try out different techniques and genres?
Photo through filters
For the spring-summer season, you will need two basic filters that will simplify the process of shooting and improve the quality of photos.
- Polarizing filter. It removes reflections from surfaces such as water, and emphasizes clouds and sky. The colors in the frame become slightly brighter. But do not forget that with a polarizing filter, at least 3 steps of illumination are lost. So it is only suitable for days with bright light.
- Neutral filter. It is also called an ND filter (from neutral-density — neutral density). It absorbs light and darkens the scene. Great for shooting wide open or when you want to achieve a certain movement effect.
How to film ponds
Late spring and summer are ideal times for shooting water bodies. After the ice breaks, you can catch great shots of lakes or rivers.
A smooth surface is better to shoot with a polarizing filter: it will emphasize the reflections. Try to choose calm days without wind for shooting, so that the water is as static as possible. The closer you are to its surface, the better the reflections will be: the angle of the incident light is equal to the angle of the reflected light. And don’t forget that the time right after the rain is the best time for this type of shooting.
Waves and streams of water are best shot at a slow shutter speed. 1/8–1/2 second will create the effect of movement and power. With these settings, you will be able to emphasize the waves themselves at the same time, they will be visible, but their borders will be a little blurry. Of course, you need a tripod for such shooting, as it will be too difficult to hold the camera still in your hands. But, if you close the aperture a little, you can use an ND filter. He compensates for the exposure.
Fog over the water
Photos with fog always look mystical. To succeed, you should follow a few rules. It is better to focus manually: autofocus usually does not work in fog. But exposure compensation is better to increase (+1 EV). Also, use a tripod and shoot in RAW format so that image defects can be corrected during processing. And be sure to remember to wipe the condensation off the lens.
April is the perfect time to shoot outdoors. Everything you know about natural light photography can be practiced in comfortable conditions if you are lucky with the weather.
Spring and summer are great for practicing macro photography in nature. You will have a huge choice of objects for photography: dewdrops on leaves, insects, blooming flowers. And most importantly, having trained during the cold season on household items, you can transfer the experience gained to living objects, which will be much more difficult to work with.
You can shoot with a standard macro lens, 50mm, and a tripod is best, as holding the camera is often difficult at first. Real “macro glasses” should shoot frames at a scale of 1: 1. Alternatively, there is a macro lens attachment.
You can photograph the stars in winter, but in the warmer season you have the opportunity to choose the right weather and go out of town, where you can see the night sky much better. Therefore, we recommend that you pack a photographer’s arsenal with you and go away from “civilization”.
To capture the night sky, you need a camera with a high ISO, a wide-angle lens with an aperture of f/2.8 or more. You will also need a tripod, a shutter remote and a flashlight. To create the effect of stars moving across the sky, you will have to shoot at a slow shutter speed. So be patient.
Landscapes in HDR
HDR mode helps smooth out the difference between the brightest and darkest parts of the frame. It also creates a very dramatic visual effect. Therefore, many photographers like to shoot in HDR. The principle is this: the camera takes several shots of the same scene with different settings, and then glues the frames into one. Since shooting in HDR is a rather long process, you need to shoot from a tripod and with minimal difference in what is happening in the frame. So when you’re learning how to shoot landscapes in HDR, it’s best to go out of town when the weather is warm and calm. HDR photography is great for shooting mountains, lakes, forests, sunsets, and architecture.
Capturing people and events
From portraiture to reportage, you’ll soon be able to explore any genre in a more demanding, non-studio environment.
The portrait genre of photography is good not only for the studio. On the contrary, in spring and summer there is a great opportunity to try techniques, many of which will be useful in the future for those who want to shoot weddings and events. Use urban and natural landscapes as a natural background, learn how to work with light. For example, water or glass can become natural reflectors, while greenery and grass can become a backdrop. In addition, each color gives a reflex — depending on the environment, the skin tone and eye color of your model will change. Use the warm season to learn to notice these details and put them into practice.
In winter, you won’t find a lot of open-airs and street festivals, and if they do take place, it’s quite uncomfortable to shoot on the street. At summer events, you can try concert photography, event photography, and reporting. That is, you have a choice between several genres. This is a great opportunity to learn burst photography, especially if you’re shooting performances.
The main difficulty will be focusing. Some modern cameras have a built-in continuous focus mode. If not, autofocus may not keep up with the speed of shooting, and you have to “help” it a little.
Late spring and summer are great sunsets: the sun can be used for backlighting (backlighting) and silhouette shooting outside the studio. Position the model in front of the light source, i.e. the sun, so that the edges of the light and the brightest area are at the back. It will turn out that the contour of the figure will be highlighted, and it will remain dark. Such compositions look good against the backdrop of beaches or fields, and the technique itself is ideal for summer photography.
There are many more tricks to help you hone your photography skills. Don’t miss this opportunity and shoot in warm weather as much as possible. And of course, share in the comments what technique you will definitely try in the coming season.