Tips for Beginners on the Four Seasons of Nature Photography

If you are a beginner in nature photography and enjoy taking pictures, there is an abundance of subjects to be found. No matter what season it happens to be, nature is all around you. Just open you mind and look in unexpected places. Here are a few tips for beginners for the four seasons of nature photography.

Spring Flowers and Blooms

My red tulips are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring.
My red tulips are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring. | Source

Spring

Of course, everyone loves taking pictures in spring! Everything is blooming and there is an abundance of color, from beautiful white apple blossoms to bright red tulips. The beauty of nature is at it's peak in spring. Don’t forget the trees in your yard. I love to take pictures of trees in bloom. Take some close up shots of the blooms themselves. If they don’t have blossoms, the new leaves themselves can be beautiful. Try a comparison shot. Find a tree that hasn’t bloomed yet and one that has, and combine them in the same picture for a great contrast. Set up a bird feeder near your house. Spring is a great time to see many types of colorful birds. Some of them may be migrating farther north and spring may be the only time they come through your area.

Sunflowers and Butterflies

Butterflies and  sunflowers just seem to be a part of summer.
Butterflies and sunflowers just seem to be a part of summer. | Source
Beautiful bluebird resting on a plant stand on my porch.
Beautiful bluebird resting on a plant stand on my porch. | Source

Summer

Summer is always a great time for nature pictures. They early blossoms of spring have now turned into beautiful trees or your flowerbeds are full of brightly colored flowers. Back up and take some pictures of your entire flowerbed. Take it from an angle to give it some depth. Now, get up close and personal on some of those beautiful flowers. Take some pictures vertically and some horizontally. Of course, the insects have returned! But they can give you some really awesome and interesting subjects. Look under the leaves or flowers. You might find a ladybug or a butterfly hiding there. Don’t forget about the squirrels and the birds in your yard. I have set some peanuts outside on a large rock that is in my yard and taken pictures of the squirrels that come up to eat them.

Fall Colors

Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves | Source
Close up of fall flowers.
Close up of fall flowers. | Source

Fall

Fall is a wonderful time to take some great nature pictures! I love to go walking in the country in fall. The leaves are changing to beautiful red, yellow and gold colors. This is another time for some good “comparison” shots. Some trees are changing to bright yellow while others are still green. The best time to take pictures, especially in fall, are about 2 hours after sunrise and 2 hours before sunset. This light adds an extra warm glow to your photos. Grab a handful of differently colored leaves. Lay them in an interesting pattern on the ground, or maybe on a moss covered rock and take some close up pictures of them. Their colors and textures can make excellent photographs.

Snowy Branches

Winters Snow
Winters Snow | Source
Quaint little shed surrounded in snow.
Quaint little shed surrounded in snow. | Source

Winter

Winter can give you an array of subjects to photograph. The leafless tree branches can be wonderful subjects. Look at the different ways the branches are reaching up and out. They can be graceful or some may look ominous. Take pictures as the sun is setting behind a particularly interesting tree and exemplify it's shape. Macro shots of snowflakes are always beautiful. Trees with their naked branches covered in snow. Evergreens with their still green branches give a good contrast of color. Take pictures of colorful birds against a background of white. Even animal tracks in the snow can a pattern to your picture and add depth.

No matter what the season, nature is all around you. Now grab that camera, go outside and enjoy nature’s beauty!


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  • Fall
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Kristen Howe 16 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great tips for beginner photographers to take gorgeous poetry all year long. Voted up for awesome!


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sgbrown 17 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I have to admit that I am not a cold weather person and getting outside to take pictures in winter is not one of my favorite things to do! :)


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poetryman6969 17 months ago

For beauty you can't beat spring. But for dramatic photos I prefer winter.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Stephanie! Thank you! When we first had some warm weather, my daffodils, tulips, etc., bloomed and I took quite a few pictures. Then we had cold weather again and spring seems to be at a stand still here. It was 36 degrees when I got up this morning and going to rain again! We need the rain, but I need some warm weather! Thanks for stopping by commenting, it is always appreciated! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello greatstuff! I have always said I would like to live in a tropical country, but I guess the very long "green" season would get boring after a while. (I would still like to give it a try!) I do love fall colors and the cooler weather, I just wish we could skip winter altogether! Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello nybride! Hubby and I love going for nature walks and I always take my camera. I know what you mean about spring, it's at least a month behind this year! The trees are finally beginning to bloom here in southern Oklahoma and a few wildflowers are beginning to show up. I hope spring "springs" soon for you there in Minnesota! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy! Thank you for stopping in again! I'm glad you enjoyed this hub and I really appreciate the share! Have a wonderful day my friend! :)


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

Beautiful photographs...now I'm inspired to go out and take some pictures of the new spring flowers! Thanks for the tips!


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greatstuff 3 years ago from Malaysia

Coming from a tropical country, fall is my favorite time of the year for photography. It is nice to see so many colors instead of just green! Great hub!


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nybride710 3 years ago from Minnesota

These are great tips. My husband and I enjoy going out on Saturdays and taking pictures of things in nature. Now, if spring would ever show up in Minnesota, we could use your tips for better pictures.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Sheila,

Came back to take another look at this hub with the gorgeous 4 season photos and tips. This time will share this hub with others. Happy to be able to refresh such a hub as this! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello ianiott! I'm glad you enjoyed my article. Thank you for stopping in and commenting. Have a great day! :)


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ianiott 3 years ago from Ohio

Great hub..i love it


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello newusedcarssacram! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank yo for your kind words and commenting. It is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello LaThing! I love nature and photography, so nature photography was just a "no brainer" for me. I never run out of subjects to photograph. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Have a beautiful day! :)


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newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

Beautiful photographs and interesting topic...I enjoyed reading your hub!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

This is an inspirational hub, beautifully written and very interesting! I am trying to get into nature photography, still at the beginning, but like you said, there are so many subject in nature! Thanks for sharing with us.... Voting up!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello maggs224. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thanks for stopping by and reading. I also appreciate your comment, very much! Have a wonderful day! :)


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

Great topic I really enjoyed reading this hub :D


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Vinaya. I love taking pictures of anything "nature". Nature is all around you, no matter what season is is. Thank you for your kind comment. It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I love nature photography but I have never thought about capturing four seasons. This is a wonderful idea.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello arunkantv. I would not be the person to ask. I would still consider myself an amateur. Making money in photography is very difficult, especially nature photography. I consider my photography a hobby. I do appreciate you reading my hub and perhaps you can make some money by writing here on HubPages. I hope you have a good day!


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arunkantv 4 years ago from dharamshala hp india

how to work good way and sell my work i want to earn money as i am running a orphanage so i need to be this in a commercial way .............


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello arunkantv. HubPages is a good place to get advice on nature photography. There are many hubs here that can help you. Look at other's pictures and read their hubs as to how they took them and practice, practice, practice! Thank you for commenting, have a great day!


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arunkantv 4 years ago from dharamshala hp india

My first love is nature photography. ....please guide me for good photography ...


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy W. I love nature photography, animals, flowers, scenery, doesn't matter. I do slow down when winter comes along. I hate the cold weather. I am ready for spring! Thank you for your comment, and vote! :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I also love to take photos in all seasons of the year and on a wide variety of subjects...especially nature. Voted up, useful and beautiful. Thanks!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you dumindu89! I am glad you like it and appreciate your comment. :)


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dumindu89 4 years ago from Sri Lanka

Very useful information for photography. I like this hub.


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mireland19 4 years ago from Maine

Thank you, voted up! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Mireland19. I am glad you enjoyed it! :)


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mireland19 4 years ago from Maine

One of my faviorate things to do besides writing is taking pictures. I love how photography can allow a person to take something ordinary and turn it into a reflection of themselves or their personality. This was a great topic and I really enjoyed reading it! Thank you!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you gogogo! I love taking pictures, it would be a shame not to share them. Thank you for your comment. :)


gogogo 4 years ago

beautiful photos, thanks for sharing


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Stacie L. There are so many different ways to photograph subjects, I like to stir things up and try something different. Glad to hear from another nature photography lover!


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Stacie L 4 years ago

I am a nature photographer and love to snap different perspectives of an ordinary object.

Good information for all levels.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you rebeccamealey! I do love taking pictures. I appreciate the vote up. :)


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What lovely photography! Voted up and useful!

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