6 Tips for Taking the Perfect Cherry Blossom Photos According to a Travel Photographer

Cherry blossom season is here, which means it’s time to get your cameras ready for that perfect shot in front of one of these gorgeous trees.

The stunning pink flowers are only here for a little while, so you need to know how to capture them perfectly.

Travel photographer, visual effects artist, and blogger, Lies Veldeman, has shared some great tips on how to capture the perfect cherry blossom shot.

She’s posted scenic nature photos to her Instagram, @nonstopdestination, and you can learn how to take photos like hers.

Not only does she capture great photos around British Columbia, but you can also watch her venture out into the world capturing the wonders of nature.

Once you see the beautiful photos she took, you’ll be scrambling to figure out how to do the same.

So if you want to learn some photography tips and tricks, you’re in luck.

Know when and where is everything

Knowing where to go and when is key to saving time and capturing the perfect moment.

To find out when cherry blossoms are in full bloom and where the exact locations are, there’s a map made by the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, which Veldeman uses.

Choose the best time of day

Timing is everything and Veldeman will make sure to capture the flowers at sunrise or sunset. You’ll want to avoid strong mid-day lighting, and sunsets or sunrises will give off beautiful colors in the sky for any background.

Plus, when you show up to take photos early in the morning or late at night, you’ll avoid the crowds!

Work on your camera settings

If you’re using a real camera to take these photos, Veldeman suggests auto mode to capture a great photo. It will switch to manual mode for night skies or waterfalls as these require different types of settings.

She does mention, however, that you really don’t need a professional camera to capture a great photo. Any photo taken of the cherry blossoms on your phone’s camera can do the trick, Veldeman said.

Pay attention to the composition

Veldeman likes to play with composition and a shallow depth of field for a great shot. A longer or wider lens works well for cherry blossoms, she said.

“When photographing cherry blossoms, think about your foreground, middle ground, and background,” she added.

Playing around with this will allow you to create much more dramatic shots.

Be aware

Veldeman suggests always being careful when taking photos as you don’t want to damage the trees or flowers as they are quite fragile. There’s cherry blossom etiquette and a lot to keep in mind.

Most of the best cherry blossoms are in residential areas, so watch out for others and try not to disturb the peace.

Don’t forget to enjoy the moment

Enjoy the cherry blossoms and don’t forget to enjoy all their beauty.

“It’s easy to forget to experience the moment when you’re looking for the perfect shot. You’re missing out on a really beautiful memory if you’re only looking through your phone’s camera,” Veldeman said.

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