Fall Photography Tips

October 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Fall has arrived! Crisp morning air, hay, pumpkins, hot spiced cider, pumpkin spiced everything, and vibrant colors.  Who doesn’t love it!?!

Fall is a great time of the year to capture the most colorful photographs of the year. It can transform an ordinary landscape into a blanket of red, orange, and yellow hues. For this reason it is many people’s favorite season for photography. Fall foliage is a short lived season. You can't afford to miss an opportunity; no matter the weather. You can always find a stunning composition to capture. Fall leaves can be tricky to shoot great pictures of and there are many things you can do to set your images apart from simple snapshots.

Use the following tips to get the most from your autumn outings: 

Golden Hour: The time before sunrise and sunset provide a perfect soft, golden light. Shooting at these times will ensure the leaves are sun lit and the colors are more vivid then if the sun was straight overhead in the middle of the day. You can also try some back lighting, when the light comes from behind the leaves. 


Inclement Weather:  Autumn weather can be  unpredictable and capturing this mood with fall color can be stunning. Overcast days can often help when shooting the colors because the sun isn’t drowning out the colors or casting shadows on the landscape. Take advantage of misty or foggy mornings to give a more unique look. 


Focus on simplicity:  Minimalism can be equally as powerful. Try close up views of the leaves to showcase the vibrant colors or just an isolated tree. Take advantage of dew drops or frost on the leaves. 

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Composing your photo: Change the perspective or vantage point. Instead of shooting at eye-level, look up! The contrast  of the fall leaves against the blue sky or the bark of the trees can create some outstanding autumn landscape. 

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Be Creative: Try capturing the fall leaves in a waterfall or capture the reflection in the water. Look for ponds, lakes, rivers and streams to mirror the impact of color, doubling the beauty. Challenge yourself to step outside the box and come up with something new. Creativity is what sets your photography out above others. 

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Whether your passion lies in photographing nature, people, or sports; add a background of fall color to make your images pop. Just remember, once peak foliage arrives; you never know how long it will last. So grab your camera and try out some of these tips. Have fun and enjoy the colors!


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