To capture this scene of the Lincoln Memorial, photographer Joshua Cogan arrived at dawn. Think you can you top it? Submit your photos to our gallery. (Joshua Cogan)

Early spring, it turns out, is a sweet spot for photographers, and if ever you wanted to take up photography and put your pricey SLR camera to good use, the time is now. Check out the photographers’ tips and personal stories, then start snapping: with warm weather, cherry blossoms and the Kite Festival in coming weeks, there’s plenty of material. Then upload your pictures to our Your Artistic Photos user gallery and share them with the world.