With autumn's arrival and the holidays on the way, now is a great time of year to take out your camera and start capturing beautiful, vibrant outdoor photos. Below are some useful tips to help you take rich and captivating photos of the colorful season.
1. To create a more interesting photo, don't try to capture everything you see. By choosing something with visual appeal or interest, such as a fence, tree or a bridge and placing it off-center, will add greater depth to your photo, and will provide a framework for the beautiful fall foliage.
2. Taking photos in the early morning or late afternoon provide the most interesting light for fall photos. The contrasts of light and shadow at these times allow for interesting depth. Also, the sun sits lower in the sky during fall, and the afternoons provide you with warm and beautiful light for photography. Try taking photos just before sunset and using a warm polarizing filter for dramatic color when you’re shooting colorful red and orange trees.
3. Bright sunlight is good for fall photos too, and can make colors in fall foliage glow. However, if there is too much light streaming through trees, or too much bright sky, your camera’s meter may become confused and leave the rest of your photo dark. To avoid losing any color and interest, move in closer to your subject and cut out some extra light.
4. Don’t let an overcast day keep you from taking fall photos. Grey days actually allow fall colors pop out. Take advantage of these days by focusing in on natural details, such as bright pumpkins or fallen leaves. A cloudy fall day is also a great time for taking outdoor portraits. The even lighting and lack of harsh shadows allows subjects and smile and look ahead with out squinting or unnatural shadows crossing their faces.
5. Have fun when taking your fall photos. Don’t restrict yourself to a certain subject or location, move around, and take many shots from different angles. Getting shots from low angles gives you the benefit of different lighting, making a more interesting image. Also, take advantage of action shots. A waterfall, river and even just a windy day can give your photos motion and provide more visual interest.
Fall is possibly the best time of year to take outdoor photographs. But before you head outside with your camera, remember that there is a very short window of opportunity for truly great pictures, so always keep your camera with you. A sudden cold snap or windstorm can blow away your photo opportunity overnight.
For more information and tips about taking Fall photos, check out the links below
Tips for Great Fall Photos
Pro Tip: Five Tips for Taking Great Fall Photos
How to Photograph Fall Landscapes
Fall Photography Tips from Dennis Glennon