Step up your iPhone photography Part 2: Our 5 best tips on photographing spring in different ways

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With warmer times ahead and days getting brighter and brighter by the hour, the ongoing spring truly invites us to not only be outside, but to capture the constant change as it happens. We've pulled together a little guide on how to photograph spring in 5 different ways to inspire you all to capture this beautiful season with new eyes. All you need to do is to bring your phone and get outside. 

 

Tip 1. Capture spring in its natural colour palettes. If you start to look for it, you'll find that the world very often expresses itself as a naturally curated palette of colour. One could almost believe it was made intentionally.  

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Capture the growing life and blooming explosions in contrast to buildings. Then observe how the colours of the buildings tend to change into something warmer and brighter as the world comes alive. Pretty amazing when you start thinking about what light and life can create in terms of visual experience. 

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Be there when it happens. Look for people and places who just happens to harmonise colour wise. Then capture it and you'll have a beautifully colour schemed shot right there, representing a lively springy day in full bloom.

 

Tip 2. Be there when the first snow has fallen. Well, not exactly. But as exciting as it is when the first snow has arrived, as beautiful is the springy version of white covered grounds. Capture it from different angles and edit with different techniques and you'll find your wood anemones represented in all kinds of vibes. 

   When capturing : If you're using iPhone 7+, 8+ or X we highly encourage you to play around with the built in camera feature "portrait mode" in order to create great depth of field in your photos. Also - pay attention to the light and explore the natural patterns created by shadows.   

When capturing: If you're using iPhone 7+, 8+ or X we highly encourage you to play around with the built in camera feature "portrait mode" in order to create great depth of field in your photos. Also - pay attention to the light and explore the natural patterns created by shadows.   

 

Tip 3. Embrace the ever changing weather. Yes it's true. Spring is not all about sunny days and warm breezes. But instead of getting damped about it we prefer to find beauty in the dramatic and ever changing weather scenery. From sunlight and rain all at once to windy clouds that rapidly fill the skies and contrasts the blooming hope of a new season. 

   When editing : Enhance the warmth in the afternoon lights or the cold in dramatic clouds. This is aslo a great time for contrasts, so pull them up a bit for more drama. 

When editing: Enhance the warmth in the afternoon lights or the cold in dramatic clouds. This is aslo a great time for contrasts, so pull them up a bit for more drama. 

 

Tip 4. When the world comes alive, think composition. With longer days and more pleasant outdoor temperatures people do tend to crawl out of their shelters and start enjoy themselves outside. It's great to watch and even better to capture. When doing so, try to think composition and place your objects in the bottom, for example, leaving the majority of the upper part of the photo spacious and clean. 

   When editing : Play around with colours or go for a solid black and white theme. It will indeed enhance the springy vibes as much, just in a different way. And if working with horizons - make sure to straighten them in your editor. 

When editing: Play around with colours or go for a solid black and white theme. It will indeed enhance the springy vibes as much, just in a different way. And if working with horizons - make sure to straighten them in your editor. 

 

Tip 5. Wait for the golden hour and its soft light. Finally, a grand finale. The time has come when sunset season starts to bloom for real, cramming our evenings with soft, colourful light, being truly magical time after time. Wait for the sun to be low enough to spread the light softly but high enough to provide your camera with the light needed. 

   When editing : Enhance the soft light by making shadows brighter and contrasts lower. Another good hack is to pull down saturation just a little in order for colours to blend in nicely. 

When editing: Enhance the soft light by making shadows brighter and contrasts lower. Another good hack is to pull down saturation just a little in order for colours to blend in nicely. 

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Now all there's left is to get out there and enjoy spring with the people you fancy the most. And capture it. It will warm up a heart when autumn hits again...

 

Where to edit then?

If you're not a different app for different tasks kinda person we truly recommend your iPhones built in editor. It's actually pretty powerful. Either choose a pre-made filter or experiment with the adjustment tools in the editor, such as brightness, contrast, saturation, fading, shadows and white balance. Or combine them both and work your magic. 

If you do like to navigate between different apps, we suggest the VSCO app and Lightroom for mobile. Both these applications allows you to save and export your images in the original file size (so does your iPhone editor, these two are just a bit more versatile) which is a great deal when turning your blooming moments and memories into print. Which we do think is a great idea... 

If you want to get more detailed explanations of editing hacks or just find out how to master iPhone portrait photography - check out part one in our iPhone photography series. 

Have fun exploring your new found skills while creating your springy memories! 

 

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