Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner. We love the opportunity to get out and enjoy the warm sunshine after a long winter. A great activity for the summer and spring months is to get out into the beautiful Sioux Falls scenery and dust the winter blues off of your camera and get to clicking. Spring time photography can be a great way to get out of the house and enjoy Sioux Falls, all while making and memorializing memories. Here are a few tips for great spring time photography.
Plan Your Outing
Spring lends itself to some great photo opportunities, including close ups of freshly bloomed flowers, waterscapes at Falls Park starting to melt from the winter cold, and an abundance of wildlife, including birds. Pick which place you want to go explore, and as you plan where you’re going, pick your equipment properly. If you want to get close up shots of flowers, you’ll need some macro lenses. If you venture into Palisades Park and want to get some wildlife shots, be sure to pack a zoom lens so you don’t have to get too close.
Work with Lighting
The great thing about spring is that it stays lighter longer, which gives you ample time to get the perfect shot using the best light possible. Your magic hours for photography will be early in the morning and late in the afternoon as the sun starts to rise or set. Watch how the sun moves and work with what light you have, but remember it will get harsh in the middle of the day. Use the natural light to your advantage, but take a small flash just in case you want to fill some light gaps on your subject.
Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around
Take a step back and look at it form an angle that may not be the usual angle that most people would think. Take a picture of the tree canopy from down below looking straight up. Take a photo of a tree stump from high above it. Get creative with your shots. Spring offers many different new subjects to photograph, so get creative with how you photograph them.
Pack It In, Pack It Out
Your best shots are not going to be on the road. They’re going to be in the middle of the park or forest, off the path. Be sure that whatever equipment you plan to bring with you that you can carry it with you because you’re going to want to venture to find the best shot.
There are a lot of great places in Sioux Falls to get some great photos, so be sure to ask our friendly front desk staff for their favorite scenic spot to go. They’ll be happy to tell you some of the best kept Sioux Falls secrets.