Planning for Your Spring Photography Shoot

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When you’re going out in the spring to capture images of beautiful buds and blooms, it’s important to be prepared. In this session, you’ll learn how to plan ahead for the right blooms, and what gear you need to pack for the conditions you’ll face.

Spring photography has so many opportunities to produce dazzling images, but experienced photographers know that you need to plan your shoot in advance. In this course session, photographer Layne Kennedy will give you tips that can help you be as prepared as you can be.

It’s important in every season to do your research before heading out. In spring, one of the main considerations is checking on what flowers and trees are in bloom. This information can be found easily online by bookmarking sites that pinpoint current bloom information for different regions.

What to Carry for Your Spring Photography Shoot

Also important in your preparations is what to carry. If you’re going to be near your car at all times, you can take everything with you. But frequently, your spring photography will require you to do some walking to get to your best destination. In this session, you’ll get tips to help you figure out what you really need.

Your basic equipment on any shoot will be your camera, lenses, and tripod, tucked into your camera bag. What you pack beyond that depends on the situation. If you’re in wet and/or rainy conditions, for example, you’ll need to keep yourself and your camera gear dry:

  • Waterproof boots or hip waders if you need to walk through water.
  • In rainy weather, a waterproof container for camera gear, as well as a golfer’s umbrella to keep you and your gear dry.
  • A plastic bag or yoga mat to protect your clothing when lying on your belly shooting in muddy spring weather.

Layne also often carries a large sheet of milky plastic that he uses as a diffusion screen when the sun is high and harsh.