Spring is a great time of the year to take iPhone photos—especially if flower photography happens to be your favorite type of photography!
During this transition between winter and summer, it’s easy to spot the first crocus, tulips, and daffodils popping out of the ground.
But when you look a little closer, it’s the subtle growth in the brown and faded winter landscape that is really exciting. Vegetation peeks up through the soil, trees begin to bud, and a fresh blanket of snow brings a fresh perspective.
Along with the birds chirping, wildlife stirring, and people getting outside for a breath of fresh air, spring is a magical time to get outside and take some photos with your iPhone!
Instead of taking typical snapshots with your iPhone during spring, try experimenting with new ways to capture the beauty, and you’ll likely take photos that you’ll enjoy all year.
Here are 5 fresh ways to approach flower photography this spring:
1 - Find an unusual angle
- We are naturally drawn to the center of the flower, near the pollinators, which makes us see the flower from the front, looking straight ahead.
- However, some of the most interesting photos of flowers are from other angles. Try taking a photo from the top, side, or behind a flower.
- Or in this case, get low and point your camera up to show the towering beauty, using the bright blue sky as a background.
2 - Look for shadows
- As the days get longer, notice the change not only in light but also in shadows.
- We often see shadows of people or other objects, but flowers can cast beautiful shadows too--especially in rock outcroppings like this one.
- Keep in mind the best time to capture shadows is in the early morning or late evening, so get outside!
3 - Keep it simple
- Sometimes it’s hard to keep it simple. Especially when you’re seeing the beauty of spring blooms all around you.
- Try isolating a portion of a flower or branch, isolating your shot to one thing that you find interesting.
- You’ll be amazed at the amount of detail you can capture that’s typically lost when looking at a scene in it’s entirety.
4 - Embrace the sun
- When you encounter an unusual flower like this one, try facing the sun to see if it will illuminate the natural textures.
- You may need to touch your screen to adjust exposure and focus, but the effort will be worth it.
- Taking a minute to figure out how the sun naturally reflects in your scene usually results in an amazing photo.
5 - Show context
- Sometimes big color comes in small packages, like this group of flowers. You’ll naturally get closer to capture the full beauty.
- Don’t be afraid to take a picture including your hand, which adds context and leaves no doubt that these flowers are small.
- Adding a human element also brings the viewer into the photo. You can almost imagine bending down and placing your own hand next to this flower.
BONUS - Embrace the weather
- Rain and snow are an inevitable, exciting part of spring. When the weather changes, grab your iPhone and head outside.
- You may have taken several photos of this type of blossom on bright, sunny days, but when covered with snow, it’s taken to a whole new level.
- Remember that when the weather changes, it’s the perfect time to use the reflections from a puddle, water droplets clinging to leaves, or a fresh blanket of snow to add interest to your photos.
As you can see, springtime provides many opportunities to freshen your approach on iPhone flower photography!
The next time you take a walk in nature, have fun experimenting with these ideas and take lots of pictures. You never know which iPhone photo will be one that you cherish throughout the year.
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