Spring is a magical time for both professional and amateur photographers. Daylight hours are becoming longer, making it possible to shoot more outdoor spring photography. We also witness rapid and inspiring changes in nature: melting snows, blossoming buds, and greening grass.
Every spring day is unique in its own way, but how can you make your spring pictures unique if there are so many photographers trying to catch the same spring moments every year?
At Depositphotos, we challenge traditional spring compositions, shooting angles, and themes in photography. In this article, you will find spring photography ideas that will help you exercise creativity and develop professional skills, as well as enhance your stock portfolio with extraordinary shots.
Spring photography classics
Iconic spring colors
warm and sunny palettes (read about Pantone Colors of the Year 2021), shades of green, yellow, and orange, as well as pink and grounded colors like beige (see the Dulux Color of the Year 2021 collection)
Symbols of spring
flowers, birds and birdhouses, green valleys, insects, spring showers and thunderstorms, planting and gardening, spring holidays (Internationa Women’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day), specific clothing (rubber boots, raincoats, hats, scarfs, and other), bicycle trips
Spring photos in demand on Depositphotos
spring-themed flat lays, spring backgrounds featuring flowers and spring attributes (clothing and accessories), outdoor portraits, and spring greeting cards
Explore more — Spring Color Palettes for Outstanding Projects.
Indoor and Outdoor Spring Photography Ideas
#1 Choose your spring hero
In spring, birds migrate north to breed and wild animals come out of hibernation. In April and May, insects start their lifecycles and fish go to spawn. In other words, you have a huge selection of models for your photo shoot. Moreover, it is in the spring that all of them are the most photogenic since they are looking for a mate.
We recommend that you look through your regional wildlife guide and study the habits of the future hero of your photoshoots. Prepare feed for getting it close to your camera and branches and leaves to mask your lens.
Learn more about the visual trend 2021 called Solace in Nature.
#2 Tell spring stories
Tell the story of a little trip that some cute object from your home made this spring. That can be a toy you were inseparable with in your childhood or a vintage typewriter that once belonged to your grandfather. Think in advance about the route of your photo trip, but leave a little room for improvisation.
Choose a background that contrasts with an object you took from home and play with scales. Such visual juxtapositions will make your shots more expressive and interesting. Rethink typical spring compositions such as flowering tree branches against the sky by placing unexpected objects in front of them.
#3 Use macrophotography to turn leaves into trees
Macro photography helps us to see the world around us in a new way and fall in love with its beauty. Spring is commonly associated with lots of visually appealing things: blue skies, bright flowers covered with dew, birds nesting at your eaves, and much more. Try to convey the beauty of these phenomena using a macro lens, and then use your shots to mystify your audience.
Here are just a couple of ideas to develop: take pictures of branches, leaves, and flowers so that they look like a fairy-tale forest; shoot water droplets on the surface of young leaves so that they resemble constellations in the night sky; create mountains from tree bark and moss.
More inspiration here — Photo collection: Cherry blossom.
#4 Spring showers photography
Perhaps we never enjoy the rain as much as we do in spring. The first spring thunderstorm with its picturesque lightning and rolling thunder reminds us how small a human is compared to raging elements.
Photographing lightning at night is a special genre, and we invite you to experiment with it at least once in your life. In addition to dramatic shots, you will definitely get an unforgettable experience. Be sure to follow safety precautions: do not watch a thunderstorm while standing under a lonely tree in the middle of a field.
Spring showers are a much less dangerous natural phenomenon but they are no less interesting for a photographer. Make sure your camera is protected and go in search of the perfect drops falling on the surface of the river, people running barefoot down the street, and reflections of the spring city in the puddles on the sidewalk.
#5 Go gardening
Buds on branches, young shoots, and sprouts that make their way through the ground are the most common symbols of the coming spring. This year you can become not only the one who documents the birth of a new life but also the one that generates all those wonders of nature. We suggest you plant a few plants in your garden or just on the windowsills of your apartment, and then observe their daily changes through your camera lens.
Once a full-grown plant emerges from your seeds or sprouts, you can combine your images into a small video (and add it to your portfolio), or create the perfect content for those looking for symbols of optimism and progress for their creative campaigns.
More spring photography ideas here — Photo collection: Spring inspiration.
#6 Spring wallpapers based on thematic flat lay and studio portraits
If you prefer studio photography or specialize in food photography or still life, let spring come to your studio. This can be done in several ways, which we described below.
First, you can try working in a studio with light coming from your window (in spring it can be sunrise, sunset, or lunch light, the shade of which is slightly changed by the trees that grow under your window). Second, you can make your spring pictures adorable by adding natural decor: flower petals or whole buds and leaves of different shapes.
Another way to make photos in your favorite studio genres expressive and full of spring videos is to use accessories associated with this inspiring season. For example, spring coats, hats, scarves, and rubber boots.
Spring gives new opportunities for photographers, no matter what genre they shoot. Wildlife enthusiasts can document nature’s awakening. Food photographers enhance traditional gastronomic compositions with flowers and leaves. Portrait photographers curtain their studio windows and experiment with natural lighting.
As for Depositphotos, spring backgrounds are popular with our clients throughout the year. Family portraits that depict a variety of spring season life situations, including a feast during the spring holidays, can also make your portfolio more in demand on stocks. Also, keep in mind that brands need spring-themed pictures for their websites and social media content. That’s why flat lays with spring accessories are so popular.
We wish you to spend this spring rediscovering your camera potential and the beauty of the world around us, as well as developing your creativity. We’d love to see your experiments enriching your Depositphotos portfolio and helping you attract new customers. More spring photography ideas find here: 10 Photo Collections and Marketing Ideas You Need This Spring.
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