Finally, spring is just around the corner. Pretty soon, we’ll all be able to stash our coats, scarves, and boots back in the closet, and carry our cameras freely without fear of ice and snow.

The vibrant colors and new life of spring are a mood lifter for everyone, but for photographers, spring means a whole new set of opportunities and inspiration. How can you use the change of seasons to fuel your work? Here are a few tips:

Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Spring is the perfect time to get out of your comfort zone. Experiment with lighting and color as flowers start blooming and everything starts to lose that grey wintry look.

Get creative with textures by opening up your F-stop for interesting macro shots to give a new perspective on familiar things, like budding plants and leaves. You can also try a wide range of lens attachments to achieve various effects when shooting, like the bokeh effect, or wide-angle and fish-eye effects.

Prepare for Adventure

When better to take a road trip than during the mild months of April and May? Look up interesting places within an hour or two of your city, and then hit the road! Don’t forget to charge your batteries and bring extra memory cards. Be sure to pay attention to the light outside throughout the day – even around your own space, the change in season means a new and different quality of light.

Curate Your Space

Out with the old, in with the new. Spring cleaning leads to a new appreciation for your space, especially if you snag some great new artwork to update your walls. Bright new colors give life to old spaces.