6 Effective Summer Photography Tips for Wannabe Photographers

by Tristan Taylor September. 28, 2015 1360 views

There’s a time for everything. Winter is for sitting near the fireplace, spring is for going on tours and summer is for sunbathing and enjoying the tan. What’s common between all these seasons is they are all best times for photography.

In this article, I’ll discuss summer photography. Assuming the readers are mostly beginners, I’ll use terms from a layman’s vocabulary to articulate each single tip. This will help them understand every bit.

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Take photographs on a beach

You can photograph a beach whenever you want to. But summer is the best time for it. A summer evening has its own charm, which you can enjoy to the fullest by visiting and capturing a beach. So head for it along with your camera and tripod.

The sight around the beach is called beachscape. It’s a considerably large area. You can place the tripod near the shore or at a faraway distance from it. Use a telephoto optic if you are shooting from afar.

You can use a focal length and aim at the infinity. Some photographers may recommend you a wide angle lens, but I don’t think you will need it because there’s already a lot of space on a beach.

A bold focal length

There’s no point in repeating what others have been doing for such a long time. You should try something new. Don’t hesitate to experiment with focal length. There are multiple focal lengths starting from 10mm to 800mm. Use them prudently. Using a 10-15mm lens indicates you are not up for something serious.

When capturing summer photography, my pick for you is a 135mm lens. Photographs, captured by lenses starting from 85mm to 105mm are used for portraits. Outdoor summer portraits are quite popular. They have their upsides and downsides [ephotozine.com], but they are still quite popular. You may try your hands with a 135mm lens, which is also used in portrait photography. Using different lenses attributes to variations in photographs.

Harness the light

If it’s summer, you get enough light during the whole day. You can use a day that’s bright and sunny in more than one way. The abundance of natural light offers quite a few benefits. One of those benefits is being able to use small apertures but shoot at a considerably low shutter speed.

Shooting colors

Do you like to add colors or are you fond of black and white photography? Some photographers go for monochrome photographs, but if you are a rookie, it’s best for you not to go for it and rather capture colors. The reason behind it is capturing colors leaves you with choices. You can add post-production effects, and feature all the colors on the photographs. Or you can convert the image to a monochrome.

Some photographers recommend shooting in black and white. They argue spring is the best time for capturing colors. Summer, on the other hand, suits black and white photography more. That’s partially true; when capturing black and white snaps, you can focus on the texture, shape and tone, but you shouldn't forget colors completely.

Summer sports photography

Engaging in summer sports increases the fun. Some popular summer sports are softball, water polo, handball, swimming, water volleyball, surfing, etc. Shooting these sports is fun. It’s not surprising that the majority of fun-filled sports played during the summer [kidzworld.com] involve water.

Some photographers capture summer sports as part of their professional assignments, others just as a way to have fun. Shooting sports alone guarantees fun; when photographers shoot the surrounding, the atmosphere and the subjects, the fun increases tenfold and makes the whole experience entertaining.

Add flares

Summer is the best time to add flares. Adding flares fits the theme of summer photography. A still with a little flare disgorges a strange feel, and persuades the viewers to think it’s day with scorching heat, even when it’s not.

You can follow the best practices and add artistic lens flares to the photograph. The benefit of adding flares is it goes well with landscape and portrait shots [environment.nationalgeographic.com]. A common practice among the photographers is taking low-angle shots to add flares. However, it’s not a rule of thumb as you can take a high-angle or eye-level shot, and still add flares by using a wide lens.

Follow the tips

By following the tips discussed above, you can bring perfection to the summer stills. Trying hands with summer photography would be fun for you and each summer, you will capture photographs, better than the previous summer.

About bio:

Tristan Taylor, a proficient fashion photographer, is associated with various photography workshops, seminars and symposiums. He keeps himself updated with nitty-gritties of fashion photography industry. Tristan found Gulf Photo Plus [gulfphotoplus.com] extremely helpful to extract information regarding Photography courses Dubai, photo workshops dubai [gulfphotoplus.com], photoshop courses dubai and other aspects related to photography.

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