7 tips for great cherry blossom phone photos

1. Don't wait too long "The cherry blossoms are in bloom. The entire Tidal Basin is beautiful, with all the colors popping through, but they only last for such a short period of time," says photographer Cedric Terrell.
2. Get creative with perspective "Think about the details. Use different angles and get different textures," when taking cherry blossom pictures, says photographer Cedric Terrell.
3. Get closer to the blossoms Don't use your smartphone's zoom feature, says photographer Cedric Terrell. "Put your phone 4 or 5 inches away from the buds and you'll get some great shots."
4. Lighting is key "Sunrise and sunset are the best time to get those beautiful colors and sun shining through," says photographer Cedric Terrell.
5. Use blossoms as a frame "The Mall is so beautiful," says photographer Cedric Terrell. "Frame out the Jefferson Memorial or MLK with the blossoms. Use the architecture to make interesting shots."
6. Don't be limited to sunshine Rain is expected Friday. "Rain and dew that it leaves on trees can make beautiful photos," says Cedric Terrell. "The fog that lays across the Basin makes for pictures that would be different from the next person's."
7. Consider black and white "Why take colorful photos of cherry blossoms and convert them to black and white? It tells a different part of the story," says photographer Cedric Terrell. "It captures more detail of the trees and not just the buds."

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