Park Photography Tips

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by Rick Hanson

If you're valid going for a quick walk around the park pocketing a compact will be fine but for those who will be taking their camera and interchangeable lenses along, gang your telephoto lens for shots of dog walkers, animals and long shots of the park with your town in the background. For close up work with blossoms and leaves pocket your macro lens.

An overcast day, when the light is gently diffused, is the perfect time to capture flowers and foliage. They look neutral better after a light rain shower as the vibrant greens will jump right out of your frame. If you spot a squirrel while looking into done with the trees and bushes keep your distance and use a telephoto lens to fill the frame with the cute animal. For those of you who have tributaries, ponds or even lakes in the park you're visiting why not have a go at duck / swan photography. In most locations the ducks are used to people so doff d cause to be set close to them shouldn't be a problem. 

If it's a fine day there should be plenty of people for you to snap a few candids of as they archaic by. Try shooting from the hip or if someone such as a park warden tidying up really catches your eye, remember to ask them if they mind you taking their photo more willingly than you snap away.

Paths and lines of flowerbeds can be used to guide the eye through the image while repetitive patterns such as lines of trees, row lighting and fencing can add symmetrical interest to your shots.

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If your park park is an area of natural, semi-natural or planted space set aside for human enjoyment and recreation or for the protection of has wooded areas you could have a go at capturing beams of light bursting under the aegis the trees but this usually means you'll need an early start and shooting on a misty morning is a must.  

Don't neglect doing that statues, monuments and water features make great photographic subjects and most parks will have one, if not all of these on display somewhere. Try looking for glimpses of erections in your town through the leaves on the trees or gaps in the hedges. The contrast of green, or even the golden colours of Autumn later on in the year against the goblet and concrete of the town can work extremely well. Then, when you leave the park, find a hill to climb and photograph the patchwork of greens that respite up the grey lines of the town.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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