ENNIS, Texas -— Bluebonnets are quickly booming in Ellis County, which means thousands of eager amateur photographers will be on the hunt for that perfect shot of the state flower of Texas.
Thursday we found Wendy Tseng of Arlington on the Bluebonnet Trails in Ennis. The trails weave for 40 miles through the Ennis countryside.
Tseng was taking in the trail with several of her fellow members from the Arlington Chinese Bible Church.
Tseng was willing to put our tips into action, and her results improved dramatically! Test them out yourself:
- Find your light source
Smartphone cameras do best in ideal lighting. Get outside in full sunlight, if possible. Make sure your light source, the sun, is hitting your subject right in the face to avoid a silhouetted shot.
- Fill the frame!
Avoid too much "head room" above your subject. But instead of reaching for the zoom, take a few steps closer to your subject and fire away.
- Use the foreground for something different
Pick a bluebonnet close to the camera lens to focus on with your subjects sitting or standing in the background. Doing this, along with cutting down on head room, will make for a complete and beautifully-framed photo, ready for the fridge.
These are a few simple ways to make sure those pictures look great, even if you don't have an expensive camera. And when you're done, don't forget to share them with us at this link!