Do you have an interest in photography, do you love the summer? If so, this blog is perfect for you! We have put together some top tips for summer photography so that you can take some fab photos 👏🏻☀️
1. Let’s go to the beach!!
Summer is the perfect time to visit the beach. There is usually an array of activity going on so plenty of things to capture for those with a keen eye for photography. There will be people walking along the water, dogs running in and out of the sea, children playing and building sandcastles. The sunshine will cast a beautiful glow over the water, and it will be a prime time for photographing sunrises and sunsets…which bring us on to our next top tip
2. Golden hour shots (first or last hour of sunlight in a day)
In photography, the golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky. The opposite period during twilight is blue hour, just before sunrise or after sunset, when indirect sunlight is evenly diffused.
3. Invest in some new bits of kit for your camera
Try using a polarizer filter which is often placed in front of the camera lens in photography in order to darken skies, manage reflections, or suppress glare from the surface of lakes or the sea. Very handy for summertime photography as it can be used to boost colour saturation, which means that it can help to render the blue summer skies a deeper, more vibrant shade. It can also help to draw the clouds out; defining them and separating them from the blue background.
Try using a GND (graduated neutral-density) filter. This is an optical filter that has a variable light transmission. It allows you to capture images where the sky requires one exposure and the ground something different. This makes it ideal for sunsets, or any scenic shot that involves a bright sky and a darker foreground.
4. Capture friends and family when making summer memories together
Often, we do not realise the value of a moment until it has passed. This is why it’s important to take pictures to remember moments by. It is to try and take photos of people when they are completely natural and do not realise they are being photographed. That way, they won’t be too conscious of what they look like which usually produces the best and most authentic results. Whether you and a group of friends have taken a day trip to the beach, or if it’s a family BBQ in the garden, embrace the moment and capture some of the moments on camera
5. Focus on colour
Capture colour. Summer is all about bright, vibrant colours so ensure this is reflected in your photography. Keep an eye out for colourful objects, backgrounds, or patterns that will make your photography stand out from the crowd. Or how about trying some high speed fruit splash photography. Check out some of the colourful fruity images we found below
Flowers are also great to photograph in the summer. There are so many different types and colours. Keep an eye out for some of the more peculiar ones and see what you can find 🌸
Taking a trip away from home and your usual surroundings can inspire some great ideas when it comes to photography. Visiting a new place brings new experiences and along with it new scenery. Prime photography opportunity 📷
Silhouettes are a beautiful way of capturing the essence of summer. Long, drawn-out days mean sunsets will be slower too, giving you more time to capture them and the perfect silhouette image. Now if you’re wondering exactly how you take a silhouette photo follow these simple steps:
- Place a subject or position yourself behind an object that’s partially blocking the sun
- Focus on the brightest part of the image and press the shutter halfway down
- Reposition your camera to frame your shot and press the shutter. Your camera will think that the bright part of the image is mid tone and expose the darker areas, your subjects, as shadows
6. Capture some wildlife
We see different animals at different points during the year. Some stick around all year, whereas others are only seen during the summer. Depending on where you live, birds, insects, and even bigger animals like deer and bear can all be seen during the summer months. It’s the perfect time to go outside and see what you can find
Remember, the best summer photos are anything that captures your interest! Summertime is all about having fun, spending time outside, and making memories. Whether you head to the beach, go on your own mini-vacation, or visit some new places…look for opportunities to create beautiful photos that you wouldn’t be able to capture any other time of year. Make the most of staying out late and capture the evening light. Watch the sunrise and look for the beauty in the every-day. Just always remember to have fun with it! 🙂