Finally—it’s warm enough to get outside and start exploring your local parks and nature reserves. The change in weather and scenery will put a spring in the step of any photographer, even if nature isn’t your usual subject.

Exploring scenery outside of your usual comfort zone is a great way to create fresh work and spice up your portfolio while also learning new tips and tricks along the way.

Keep an Eye Out

Often, the best nature shots are of something unexpected. Everyone appreciates the beauty of a scenic shot, but your individual perspective is what makes your work unique. Look for interesting textures – the bark of a tree where insects have made their home, the petals of a budding flower, or new grass poking through the soil.

Viewing familiar places with a fresh mindset can lead to some excellent and interesting work.

Experiment with Equipment

While considering texture as a factor in choosing your subject matter, try using a macro lens to transform your images from ordinary to extraordinary and allow yourself to see the world around you in a whole new way.

Ever heard the saying, “Can’t see the forest for the trees?” The opposite of that applies here. Examine your surroundings one piece at a time.

Timing is Everything

Animals and insects are making their comebacks this time of year as well, and you just might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some of them while you explore.

This is a good opportunity to try high-speed photography – birds, animals, and insects move quickly, and you’ll have to be ready if you want to get a great shot.

Combine high-speed photography with the use of a macro lens, and you’ll find yourself creating unique, fascinating shots while learning even more about photography.

Once you’ve gotten some stellar shots, you’ll be ready to update your portfolio on Your Art Gallery!