Long summer days
There must be more photographs taken in the summer than any other season. Today, more people own a camera of one sort or another than ever before; it maybe a digital slr, a modest compact or a mobile phone, and they’re all snapping away during those long, warm summer days, and it’s no wonder, there’s so many subjects to photograph. So with the right technique and a little thought before you press the shutter you could capture some really great images.
Image by Luis Hernandez
The summer landscape.
Unlike winter, summer is filled with green landscape, colourful flowers and blue skies. As with all landscape photography you need to make use of the available light and there’s plenty of that in the summer months.
The time of the day can have a dramatic effect on your photograph; around midday the sun can be harsh for a landscape shot, but wait ’til the evening and the light becomes softer and warmer, especially nearer the ‘magic hour’; a chance to shoot sublime summer sunset perhaps?.
Image by HPUPhotogStudent
Avoid having the sun behind your subject (unless your going for a silhouette shot) but if you have no choice then use a fill-in flash to lighten your subjects face.
A candid shot of someone can work well, with some people, having a camera pointing at them can make them feel self conscious- we’ve all seen those fake cheesy grins- so try photographing them when they’re not aware of the camera, or try photographing them from a distance using a telephoto or zoom lens; people will feel more relaxed when the camera is further away.
There’s no shortage of colour in the summer months, it can be found anywhere, from a field full of sunflowers to the bright summer clothing seen in the town and city parks. Colour can add real impact to your photographs, so keep a look out for subjects containing bright, vivid or contrasting colours.
These brightly coloured crocs by lizjones112 makes for an eye catching image.
A colourful field of sunflowers by Bert Kaufmann
Two colourful well managed shots by Laris Sa
This image above of someone dozing in the shade by Linda Cronin, really captures a lazy summer day.
A tranquil summer sunset captured by kennymatic
This image of some cherries looks so good I can almost taste them, image by Linda Cronin
A good close-up of a sunflower. Image by hello-julie
And yet another lovely summer image by Linda Cronin, you know how to take a good shot Linda!
Just listen to the barley rustling in the breeze. Image by Simistef
A very atmospheric shot by PhillipC
Featured image by Jesus Solana