Ahhh… Spring is here again, the tulip festival is on, and million of gardens are blossoming, offering you millions of subjects to shoot and personify.
Picture taking seems to naturally attach itself to visiting tulip fields for hobbyists and professional photographers alike.
However, while the tulip fields offer a visually colorful inspiration to make artistic photographs, taking memorable photos can be a challenge.
Whether you are taking photographs with a $150 point and shoot camera or a $3,000 outfit with tripods, wide-angle and color lenses, the same photography techniques apply to realize successful results.
Tips to create Outstanding Pictures
- HAPPY FACES SELL. Where permitted by signs, to take a good picture, send your children out into the middle of the farmers’ field.
- EARLY RISERS WIN. Light is everything when you hold a camera, as you probably already know. Go out into the fields early morning or late in the day. The light will be warmer and more complementary to your children’s faces.
- ANGLE UP. If you lay on the floor to get eye-to-eye with the tulips, you obtain a fresh perspective that will delight.
- SCALE IT. Use people to help show scale.
- BREAK THE LINE. Look for barns & other eye pleasers to break the horizontal line of your photo, and to add interest, angles, a look and meaning. Talking about lines, avoid cluttering powerlines and other clutter in your images.
- SIMPLE RULES. Make your image simple. That means, focus on a single bloom instead of an entire field.
- TAKE GEAR. Just pop that tripod in the car for low light conditions that can give you the best mood shots ever.
- USE YOUR CAMERA’S PHOTOGRAPHIC FEATURES. Use a small f-stop and slower shutter speed for a greater depth of field to have more of the image of the tulip field in focus. Or, when focusing on a single bloom within this field, use a large f-stop and a faster shutter speed to isolate your background from your subject by making it blurry.
- 1001 PICTURES. Film is cheap, digital storage even cheaper. Go ahead and shoot all you like. You will love at least 1 if you have many.
- MAKE LEMONADE. When the weather is a ‘lemon’: rainy, dreary…., take advantage of it!!! A family huddle under an umbrella with tulips fields in the background will trigger emotions and memories. An early morning rainfall leaves pedals laden with glorious water drops that make great close ups.
About the author
Astrid Lee is a healing therapy professional and spiritual artist who mostly works in acrylics. However, Spring tulip festivals bring her in touch with her Dutch heritage, and out comes the camera, as it continues to do so till well into the Fall.
She is also a writer for the Contemporary Art MAGAZINE, eArtfair, at http://www.eArtfair.com/blog.
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