One of my favorite things about each season are the types of scenery and photo-worthy moments the time of year offers. Autumn is perfect for capturing colorful leaves, winter is best for snowy landscapes, spring is great for flowers, and summer is amazing for all things sunshine, travel, and outdoors.
Today, June 15th, is National Nature Photography Day. You don’t need a fancy hundred dollar camera to take nice photographs. A phone in great, newer condition can work just as well. Taking pictures is one of my favorite things to do. Each day, I’m always looking for beautiful moments to capture and most of the time they take place in nature.
In honor of Nature Photography Day, sift through a list of photography prompts and some of my favorite photographs I have taken over the years.
Any flower can be photogenic. I took these two pictures late May as the bushes were in their earlier stages of blooming. As spring blends into summer, embark on a photo series that showcases your garden’s beginning phases of blossoming. Keep up with the series weekly and look back on the phases and stages your garden took throughout summer. End early September or when cooler climates begin to take over the garden.
All of life’s beautiful sights and events don’t always happen on ground-level. Take a look above you and see all that the sky offers. From sheerly sunny days to partly cloudy, and full on thunderstorms, the sky is always presenting light or shadow, happy or ominous. No matter your photography style, the sky can be a great subject to capture.
Sun through trees
Moon & stars
Wildlife and creatures both real and sculpted, there are plenty of species to document through a lens. Venture locally and voyage far to build your animal photography portfolio. Snap pictures of your favorite animals or seek out the creatures that are especially colorful. Depending on your environment, you may be exposed to different animals than listed here. Cater your list to fit the wildlife that lives in your location. Visit a small or national zoo for more exotic species to photograph.
Day trips, weekend getaways, or week-long vacations, document your excursion of all the landscapes you encounter. Highlight the best parts of your travel and use your imagery to tell a story. Summer is the best season to book a vacation and explore a new location anywhere in the world. Summer is also great to return to the places we cherish most.
View from car window
View from airplane window
For more summer photography prompts, nature related or not, check out this infographic below!