As spring is well and truly on its way, here's a round up of some must-have products for spring photography.
– When most people think of spring photography, photographing flowers will always be at the top of the list. This is where a small tripod can come in handy as they are portable and their low level makes it easier to get in among the flowers beds. A taller tripod which has a centre column which can rotate to 90-degrees would also be a useful support as they make it easier to get close to your subject.
– If you're going to be kneeling down on wet, it's worth investing in some kneeling pads. These will not only stop your knees from getting wet, but they will also prove invaluable on rocky or hard ground that would otherwise hurt your knees.
– Reflectors come in different shapes, sizes and colours but you'll find them useful on dull days when you have to bounce extra light into your scene. For more tips, have a look at our tutorial
– If your subject is underneath the shade of a tree, or in a wooded area, then a flash gun will come in handy as the light at this time of year can still be quite gloomy. They are also useful for adding a 'pop' of light to faces if you want to have a go at outdoor spring portraits.
– You never know what the weather might do at this time of year, so it's best to make sure you are well equipped with a waterproof coat and camera bag to keep your gear safe. It may also be worth taking an umbrella with you so you and your equipment remain dry. A golf brolly holder from the local golf store is worth a thought so you can hold the a brolly over the camera when it is raining.
- If you're planning on doing any close up photography, then a macro lens is a must. A macro lens, or indeed a macro mode, if you're using a compact camera, will help you to capture beautifully crisp images of your subject with a lovely blurred background. Macro lenses are great for getting up close to your subject for a more abstract image.
– ND Grad Filters can be really useful at this time of year for balancing out the exposure. If you're working near water consider pocketing a polariser too.