I have made a brief list below to help you out and give you handy tips for each season.
Spring is a time for energy and life renewal. Plants and flowers burst from the hard ground and banish the drab that Winter had left behind. Now is the time to focus on colour.
In the early hours of the day during Spring, the light is soft and low in the sky for longer helping to create subtle lighting effects for your photos. Wildlife also starts to become more active in the Spring and helps to increase your chances of capturing great wildlife shots.
When it comes to this season, there are a few challenges to keep in mind. The weather is still very much unpredictable with surprise showers here and there, so prepare for rain. Trees still haven’t gotten their leaves back yet especially in the early stages of Spring, you will have to wait for Summer if you’re looking to capture fully green trees.
With the colour back in the world, Summer offers the chance to use warmer colour tones and allows the use of natural light instead of just having to rely on lighting rigs.
The warmer weather allows for the use of outside shots more frequently. The weather tends to stay nicer giving you the chance to take out more equipment outside and use it to your advantage without having to worry about water damage. The days are also longer which maximises the use of natural light you have access to in a day.
The challenges of Summer would be down to the harsh light the sun can give on clear days. With the sun staying higher in the sky and for longer, it can make controlling the light difficult. Sunsets and sunrises are harder to capture due to the late and early times the sun appears in the sky.
The time for longer nights and bringing a cosy atmosphere. Autumn is about change with the vibrant greens transforming to ambers and vibrant reds. This season is great for taking advantage of soft light and vibrant sunsets/sunrises. The falling leaves will help to add pops of colour throughout your photos as well as migratory animals that are departing for warmer climates ready for the winter.
There are a few challenges you may face when it comes to this season such as the weather getting more unpredictable as well as decreasing daylight hours limiting your time with natural light.
Winter brings the end of the cycle of bright colours and gives you the chance to experiment with more earthy and cooler tones. If you’re looking for shots of snow and ice for your photos, you may have to travel further afield due to not everywhere being located in the optimal positions for the kind of climate which snow falls. There is also a chance to go out and take photos of frost and ice in the early mornings to give a different take on the world around you.
The challenges in Winter come from the constantly diminishing daylight hours greatly limiting your time with natural light. Depending on where you live, snowfall might make it trickier for you to gain access to places you’d like to go photograph. The landscape around you can be seen as very bland if you are unlucky enough to live in a climate that doesn’t produce a lot of snow and frost.
No matter the weather or season, rise up to the challenge and shoot as often as you can. The more photos you take, the better and more experienced a photographer you’ll be!