Ten Photography Tips for Shooting Autumn Scenes
- Take photos during the sunrise and sunset, when the light has a golden color. Slightly underexposing the sunset will make the colors look more rich and defined. The entire scene will become more dramatic. You can underexpose by using manual mode and selecting a fast shutter speed, or you can shoot in aperture priority and use exposure compensation.
- If you add flash from the camera, its cool light will conflict with the warm light of autumn. Put a piece of white tissue paper over the flash to warm it up. Even though the paper looks white, it photographs orange.
- If you are able, change your Jpeg settings to ‘Landscape’ or ‘Vivid’ for more vibrant colors, or you can change your camera’s white balance(WB) setting to ‘Cloudy’ or ‘Shade’. These settings will also make your images look warmer.
- The technique for shooting successful sun flares and starbursts is to use a narrow aperture such as f/22 and a relatively wide focal length like 18 mm. With a narrow aperture, the blades inside your lens close down to create a very small opening for light to pass through. This narrow opening creates a slight diffraction or bending of the light, which causes a point source of light (described below) to become a starburst shape when it hits and is recorded by the camera’s sensor.
- Photograph contrasting colors, such as yellow leaves against a blue sky, red leaves against a green moss, or an orange sunset again an evergreen tree.
- Streams, creeks, ponds and rivers can become magical in the fall. When the leaves are turning, the spot you’d just pass by at any other time of the year becomes a great photo location as water gives you reflections, contrast and, with long exposures, texture. Remember, the surface of lakes and ponds are at their most calm early in the morning. Use their mirror-like surfaces to create stunning autumn images.
- Get down low and shoot some photos to get a different perspective of the world we live in. Try shooting from a mouse’s view for more compelling photos. Close-up shots of mushrooms are always a winner.
- Look for intriguing textures, such as bark, thorns and fruit. Woodlands clearly become a favorite subject through the autumn weeks, but individual branches can show off the shapes of leaves just as well. Even once the leaves have fallen, there are great pictures to be had of leaf details and textures on the ground, or contrasted on a mossy bank or rock.
- Slightly underexpose your shots to make colors more rich and defined.(Most cameras, even point-and-shoots, will let you do) To deepen the saturation in your colors, then use Fotors photo software to increase the contrast and play with the color saturation to warm things up slightly.
- Location! Location is so important for autumn shooting. Finding a location that is both convenient and has remarkable scenery might be a challenge, but sometimes giving up a bit of comfort, walking a little bit further than planned, is all you have to do to capture that breath-taking shot.
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