Spring is officially six days away for us here in the UK, but it appears to have arrived early!
Daffodils are popping up all over the place, and the blossom is out and looking phenomenal.
If you haven’t seen the first signs of spring yet, then keep a close eye on trees – it’s surprising how quickly spring pops up.
It’s also amazing how one area can have blossom on its trees, and another one – only a few miles away – has no sign of spring yet.
So don’t fall into the trap of thinking it hasn’t arrived, only to look again and find it’s already over…!
7 Unique Ways to Photograph Blossom
Now for the important stuff – how to photograph blossom when it’s out! There are a surprising amount of ways to capture it, so lets go through the different ways of photographing blossom to capture it beautifully.
Tip 1: Use Dark Backgrounds
Sometimes blossom can be found near shrubs, or cascading over fencing – so if you see something like this, instead of getting close, or taking the blossom from the side, focus into the dark area. It’s amazing how the contrast can really make a beautiful blossom photograph.
Tip 2: Get Close Up
Take a close up of some blossom — it’s important to not get TOO close so as to lose detail though. This photograph below is a good balance, close, but not too close.
Tip 3: Befriend Blue Skies
Blue skies as a backdrop can really make you feel like spring is here and it’s refreshing if – like us in the UK – you’ve been far too used to grey skies!
Tip 4: Golden Hour – Golden Shot
Blossom with sunlight behind it, can be exceptionally beautiful – just watch out for your exposure because it can change very quickly and become easily under, or over-exposed before you realise what’s happened.
Tip 5: Take a Step Back
Get a broader view of the blossom – while also making sure to focus in on some of the beautiful intertwining branches. These are surprisingly more difficult than they seem, but worth the effort!
Tip 6: Zone In
Similar to a close up, but more like focusing in on someone in a crowd — here the blossom is blurred in the foreground, and the background, while focusing in on one part of the blossom. It creates a feeling of vastness, which is great.
Tip 7: Blossom Portrait
And just when you think there isn’t anything else you can do… take a blossom portrait! There are so many ways to do these – so get creative and use the blossom in the foreground and background as much as possible.
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