Finally, summer is here!
It seems like we live for summer. We plod through the year at a regular pace, we get all of our important projects done, and when the end of May hits, we go crazy. We stay up late, we play outside for days on end, we take vacations and road trips, and of course, we photograph like there’s no tomorrow.
Summer is when we shoot landscapes: the lush green vegetation and overgrown grasses down in the wetlands, ponds and rivers, or the wildflowers and late evening light on rocky spires high into the mountains that reflect in crystal clear tarns and small alpine lakes.
It’s when we make use of our biggest glass to photograph animals frolicking on the tundra or foraging for food at the river banks. Summer is made for long lenses!
And of course, it’s when we shoot people. Whether they’re playing, adventuring, marrying, or just being outside with minimal clothing and maximum energy, we burn through frame after frame capturing moments, expressions and activities as our subjects soak up the sunshine, the warm weather and binge on all that summer has to offer.
Are you ready for summer? Did you get yourself a new DLSR camera body this spring that you’ve been practicing and becoming more proficient with? Maybe a new tripod for those backcountry excursions that you’ll be taking into the hills? If not, now’s the time to grab that piece of gear that’s been on your list, because there’s no better time to use it than summer. There’s nothing that will perk up your excitement and spark your creativity than a new toy at the beginning of June. Believe me!
Of course, you don’t have to buy new gear. Your rock solid old gear will do just fine, because we all know it’s the photographer not the gear that makes great images. You just have to get yourself out there and use it.
And finally, let us not forget one of the best things about summer: as awesome as it is, it’s immediately followed by fall. As photographers, we might even love fall more than summer. The jury is still out.
Nonetheless, we have in front of us months of potential for great adventures and great imagery. Make the most of it. Enjoy it. Soak it up. Revel in it like it’s your last summer ever.
Let us know what you plan to photograph this summer, whether it be landscapes, travel, weddings, or whatever. Maybe I’ll even see some of you out there!
Senior contributor Dan Bailey is a professional adventure, outdoor and travel photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska.
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