WASHINGTON (WUSA9) --Thecherryblossoms are finally blooming for all of us to see and enjoy at the Tidal Basin. Monday morning, Ko Im encountered some people that were happy to be there, including photographers and joggers.

Now that thecherry blossoms areblooming, they are expectedto remain for about two weeks, but you may want to come down to the Tidal Basin sooner rather than later.

Most of the people we saw were taking photos, getting the reflection of the monument in the background.

We received a few tips on capturing great photos of the blossoms:

  • Make sure you are holding the camera really tight, holdboth elbows against the chest. Holdthe cameraup to your eye and make sure the camera doesn't move.
  • For amateur photographers, one photographer suggests turning off the green automatic settings andand go for the manual settings to have more control over the camera.
  • Have your subjectspose people stand and turn sideways, looking at the camera over the shoulder, which is the way movie stars pose at the Oscars
  • Using an iPhone or other smartphone is completely fine for taking photos, just be sure to experiment a little to get the best shots
  • A photographer told us to maybe wear a pop of color, bright red or pink, to be in the photos and stand a little bit to the side so you can get nice profile photos.
  • Also, the photographer suggestedtry something new, a few close-ups or try a different angle.

WUSA9 is proud to be your home for the 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Mike Hydeck andAndrea Roaneare hosting this Saturday's annual parade. Join them in person when the marchers step off at10 a.m. or watch the taped broadcast from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on WUSA9.

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