10 tips, tricks, and ideas to help you capture your best photos this summer

March 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Spring weather is here and summer isn’t far behind!

I’ll bet that you have already begun making plans for summer break. All the ballgames, picnics, road trips, campfires…. it’s going to be a great time!

Is your camera ready? Get those batteries charged and that lens cleaned. Find that strap and format those memory cards.

Here’s a few more tips, tricks, and ideas to help you capture your best photos this summer.

  1. Summertime means picnics, sand castles, Frisbees, blue skies, blazing heat, fishing, swimming, roasting marshmallows, and flip flops. Make sure that as you take those summer photos of the kids’ bright shiny faces you also capture these little details that help tell the whole story.
  2. The dull gray and white landscapes of winter are gone. There’s a big colorful world out there search for those colors and include them in your family’s memories. Huff 'n Puff Hot Air Balloon Rally - September 12, 2015 - Topeka Ks
     
  3. Bright sunny summer days can be the worst time for taking photos. Avoid those dark shadowy faces and squinty eyes by moving your subject into the shade.
  4. Take your photos during that “golden hour” just before and just after sunrise or sunset. You’ll find the light to be gentler and more flattering to your subjects.
  5. The kids move fast during the summer months be sure you capture all the action with a faster shutter speed. Try something like 1/250 and even faster for those ball games!
     
  6. Trying to capture the kids as they play in the cool grass? Be sure to get down on eye level with them for a better view and a more natural looking image.
  7. Everyone loves summer blooms and you can grab some beautiful garden images if you use your wider angle lens and get in nice and close. Try using a wider aperture like f/2.8 to let in lots of light and give your flower images a shallow depth of field.
     
  8. Don’t always rely on your zoom lens to do the work. Your camera’s best zoom features are your own two feet. Move around and find just the right view before you snap that shutter. Cool And BlueCool And Blue
     
  9. Toasting marshmallows at the lake? Capture the magic of that campfire with a wide aperture and a sturdy tripod. Use the self-timer or a cable release to prevent any camera shake from messing up your image and don’t use that flash; let the natural glow of the fire light your scene.
  10. Whatever you do this summer don’t forget to put down the camera once in a while and just enjoy the time with your family and friends!
     

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