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Tips For Your Spring Photography

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By Emily Quinton

in Creativity

Spring is here and it is my absolute favourite for photography....until we get to September and then I'll say that month is too! But Spring wins the favourite season title because the light is beautiful and it is full of my favourite colours and flowers. I want to stand under every blossom tree and breathe it all in. It is simply a complete joy.

Getting out with your camera in all seasons enables you to really stop and see all the details of the season. It gives you a purpose for going for a walk in the park or in the city, town or village where you live. It can really help to ground us in nature, so make sure you book some time in with your camera this Spring.

Spring light is so beautiful at all times of the day and as the clocks go forward we have even more lovely evening light to use and enjoy. Pay attention to the colours of Spring light, it is different to Winter light. It is softer and I think calmer. Try taking photographs at different times of day and pay attention to how the light works for your photography. I like to take notes about the light in my garden and the areas close to home that I like to photograph, so that I know where I want to go when the sun is shining depending on the time of the day. These notes are useful year after year and great to take all year round.

Spring light is great for portraits, so make sure you get in front of the camera this season. If you have children, then get out with them with your camera this season too. And friends and family members. Practise your portraiture both in front and behind the lens.

The colours of Spring are brilliant to photograph. Apart from some of the bright pink and dark red Camellias, pretty much every other colour is going to be a joy for you to capture and not cause you any trouble. This makes Spring a wonderful season to practise your photography. We have come out of Winter and it's lack of light and often harsh, low light and here we are with beautiful, soft colours and light, so make the most of it.

After a long Winter, Spring can be so good for our souls and wellbeing. Find time for a mindful photo walk. Feel yourself connected to the season and look for all the precious details. Your camera can help you to slow down and breathe in all the newness of Spring. Book a date in your diary for your healing, calming and relaxing Spring walk and enjoy it just for you. If you return with some lovely images you can share then that is an added bonus but the real purpose of this is to connect you with this new season.

Finally, don't forget to continue to share your seasonal images on Instagram with #makelightseasons.

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My favourite photography season is here. I am sharing my tips to help you to get the most from this beautiful season.

I'm Emily Quinton, photographer, writer, teacher and mother of four. Along with my husband Stef I run Makelight – a membership community for creators, makers and doers.

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