Clouds of white and pink hovering over street walks have finally arrived in Vancouver. Of course, cherry blossoms will inspire many of us to take out our cameras and photograph away. We want to give you a few helpful tips that will make the cherry blossoms look as beautiful as they do in real life.
Hands-on tips and tricks from our talented photo-guides on our Cherry Blossom Photowalks, every Saturday in April at 10am. Save $30 with the promo code April30 when you book online (valid for all photowalks in April)!
🌸 PICK THE RIGHT LIGHT (aka come early or stay late)
- Cherry blossom petals are delicate, almost
- If you shoot in the afternoon or in the shade with a lack of sunlight, you risk cherry blossom flowers appearing flat and washed out
- We recommend shooting in the early morning or a few hours before sunset, during the golden hour. Soft golden sunlight will add volume to cherry blossoms without making them appear washed out and desaturated
🌸 GET CLOSER
- Cherry blossoms are great photo subjects for macro photography
- If you have that 50mm f/1.8 (or another lens with a low aperture), now is also a great time to dust it off and get shooting at low aperture (f/1.4-3.5)
- This tip also works for most smartphones. All you need to do is get very close to your subject and tap on the screen where you want your camera to focus. You will be rewarded with some lovely cherry blossom bokeh (blur)
🌸 EMBRACE THE RAIN
- No reason to ditch your camera on a rainy day. You can take wonderful shots of cherry blossoms covered in water droplets
- Rain droplets also help reflect light creating more vibrant colours
- Tip: If you are lucky to come when it hasn’t recently rained, then adding a little mist to the blossoms will make them seem more fresh and dewy
🌸 CHOOSE A SIMPLE BACKGROUND
- Cherry trees already look very busy with detail, and if you combine them with a busy background, the viewer will have a hard time reading your photograph
- To isolate the flowers, you could cheat and bring a bright and contrasty coloured piece of paper to put behind your cherry blossoms. You will certainly get a look no one else has!
- But you’ll need a friend to hold the paper while you get the shot. Or a reflector! This has the added benefit of being able to reflect light in addition to being a background
🌸 EXPERIMENT WITH ANGLES
- Most of the time we shoot from our eye level or chest level, because it is quick and easy
- However, if you spot a row of cherry blossom trees, try a low angle shot with your camera placed around your knee height
- A low angle shot will make your cherry trees appear more prominent. In addition, this approach could help you avoid a busy background since the cherry tree canopies will be placed against the sky or building facades
🌸 CONTROVERSIAL PRO TIP: OVEREXPOSE
- Anyone who has come on a photowalk with Suzanne will attest, she is a big fan of the exposure compensation dial while in aperture priority
- It’s a personal preference, but she prefers brighter flowers, despite the more common practice of underexposing
Light, bokehs, angles… If you want to learn more about all of these exciting things you can come on our Cherry Blossom Photowalk, every Saturday in April at 10am. Use the promo code April30 and pay only $69 (valid for all photowalks in April)! Not sure yet? Read about Joyce’s fairytale experience on one of last year’s Cherry Blossom photowalks.
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Hey, it’s Christin, like Christine but with no e. That’s usually how it goes when I have to spell my name. I moved to Vancouver from Germany a little while ago because I just couldn’t get enough of the city and its beautiful surroundings. I’m super excited to have found a place where I can play beach volleyball, hug a tree, hike a mountain and swim in the ocean, all in one day! I love traveling and capturing moments with my camera and I’m thrilled that at Vancouver Photowalks I get the chance to share this passion with people from all over the world. I hope you like emojis because many more will be coming your way! ✌️