The long wait is over for summer has finally kicked-off! Summer is the most awaited season for aside from the lovely scenes and fine hot weather, people look forward for the things they can do outdoors. Travelling, camping, and festivities are just some of the many enjoyable activities that are possible to do during summer. But aside from that, it is also a great time for taking pictures!
So, if you have that hobby for photography, why don't you snap some stunning summer shots? The list of subjects and interesting sceneries are endless! We are certain that you will get a lot of pictures and you will also be able to experiment with your photography skills. So if you plan to do that this summer, why don't you take a look at the summer photography tips below and get inspiration from a showcase of summer photos.
1. Choose your location.
There are so many places to go when its summertime. With the fine weather, you can do a lot of photographing outdoors. You can always hit the beach for lovely beach shots or you can also go to the city and take pictures of people enjoying their time in parks and other areas. But you can also merely take a walk in your neighbourhood and look for interesting subjects. Just be sure that the location you have chosen looks appealing.
2. Avoid bright light.
One of the challenges that photographers encounter during summer is the harsh light from the sun. You can avoid too much bright light by taking a picture away from the sun. You can also look for shade and take a picture there. Light is softer during early mornings and late afternoons. Hence, it would be better to take pictures during that time instead of doing it in middays. Adding the right type of filter can also help you to get better photos. You can underexpose your camera and lessen the amount of light that enters it.
3. Capture action.
There are so much action that you can capture during summer. You can take pictures of kids playing under the sun or people on the beach. Summer is one season where people spend their time outdoors. Take this opportunity to snap photos of people and the activities they do. This way, your photos could tell different stories.
4. Avoid harsh shadows.
With bright lights, your photos could have harsh shadows and would spoil the entire image. To avoid this, you can use fill-flash or you can use reflectors to let the light bounce back to the subject. Some use white towels as reflectors especially when they are on the beach.
5. Do away with squinting.
Your subject would squint or would partly close their eyes if the light is too bright. It wouldn’t look nice if your subjects are squinting. To avoid this, you can let them go to an area with shade. An umbrella can do the trick. You can also let them stand with the sun’s light on their back which you call backlighting. You can also wait when the clouds cover the sun before you take a picture.
6. Use flash.
Yes, most people might think that they should not use flash because the outdoors is already filled with light. But you can actually use flash because the light from the sun only goes on one direction. By using fill in flash, it equally and evenly distributes light to your subject making it look a lot better.
7. Capture colors.
Summer is also like spring. You could see so many colors all around you from flowers to beach balls. It would be great to see a photo filled with different colors. Look for subjects with lovely colors and for sure this will make your photo look more interesting.
8. Shoot at different time of the day.
You can experiment shots by taking pictures at different times of the day. You can observe that there are different lengths of shadows and the contrast also varies. If you want to get still shots of the environment like the water, it is best to do that during late afternoons.
9. Protect your skin and your camera.
If you will go to the beach, make sure that you will not place your camera on the sand without a cover for it could ruin it. Also, protect your skin from the harsh sunlight by putting on sunscreen before going out. You can also wear a hat with a large brim or maybe you can also bring an umbrella with you.
10. Shot in different angles and views.
Do not just stand upright to take a photo. Bend, go to higher places and try different angles. This way, you will come up with unique photos. When you are taking photos of subjects smaller than you, go down to their level. Experiment with different vantage points so you can come up with better outputs.
Be Refreshed with Summer Photography Inspirations
For sure, you will be able to get lovely summer photos but you can even do better once you are more inspired. The summer photos that you are about to see will not just inspire you but will also give you ideas on what you subjects you could take and in what manner you could do it.
Summer in the City Edit
A very refreshing activity indeed! Would you love to try something like this? The photo shows the people in an almost silhoutte style and it looks great with the water fountain.
Taking pictures of waterscapes and landscapes is one lovely subject this summer.
Image: Emmanuel Dautriche
The calm beach and the setting sun- what a perfect scene to capture!
Lazy Daze of Summer
Check out the clear blue sky with clouds that seemingly scrape around it. It looks stunning with the waters below it.
Summer is about to end in this photo and fall is beginning to take its turn. But the sunrise is sure a divine beauty!
Image: Thinking Upwards
Saphan Taksin Night Revisited
Night time is also a great time to take photos especially in a night like this one.
Summer in Zadar VI
Everyone loves to go out when it's summer! Look at all these people waiting to watch the sunset.
I'm a Summer Jump 8
A fun and happy shot from a girl who sure had a great summer.
Image: Escaped Emotions
Golden Hours of Summer - Day23
With the sun's light touching these subjects, it turned out lovely and dramatic at the same time.
Image: Escaped Emotions
Water play! That is one of the activities that kids love to do during summer. The photographer did a good job here in taking a photo of the splashing water.
Summer silhouttes while these kids are having fun at the beach during sunset.
Talk about fashion! A prima ballerina looked like a modern day sun goddess in this shot.
The sand and the seashells- when you see it you'll think of summer and the beach!
Summer is Here
A macrophotography of a sun flower facing the sun. Very beautiful details in it!
Sunset on Nuevo Altata Beach 7
The summer sky is filled with lovely colors when the sunset comes.
Still life photo of an outdoor scene that seemingly shows the memories of summer with this diary and flower.
Image: Pieces Of Ansley
Umbrella on the Beach
Now that is capturing colors. This parasol is like a rainbow on the beach.
Puerto De Morgan Beach
You would surely appreciate this picture showing three different dimensions of land, sea and sky.
Image: Shiny Heels
A Warm Summer's Day
Are you thirsty? We bet you would feel thirsty upon seeing this photo of an iced tea.
Ice cream is a hit during summer! This picture looks beautiful with its focus on the ice cream. It's color also made it standout from the girl's floral summer dress.
Image: Snowfall Lullaby
It's Your Turn Now
Summer is indeed love! It is the perfect time to go to beaches, go on road trips and do a lot more fun stuffs! Even the kids would surely love to play outdoors and get near nature in this time of the year. The photos we have showcased could already give you ideas on what you can do with your summer photos. So, what are you waiting for? Get out, have fun and shoot!