Autumn - Tips on capturing the colours.

October is the month when photographers prepare their equipment to capture the magnificent colours in the beautiful autumn sunlight.

Shoot in the Golden Hours.
During autumn the sun sits lower in the sky, casting attractive shadows in the warm afternoon light. Texture and rich colours are in abundance every ware. For dramatic colour, take your photos just before sunset and try a warm polarizer filter when you’re shooting the colourful reds and oranges of the autumn trees. If you prefer really punchy colours, check your camera’s manual to see if you have the ability to boost the saturation settings; you can also boost the colour using photo-editing software later on. Pull back the exposure on your shots a touch and you’ll find that it gives your colours a slightly deeper saturation. Change your camera's white balance setting to 'Cloudy' or 'Shade'. These settings make your images look warmer.

Take a tripod with you so you can take photos in low light, use a aperture setting such as f/22 or f/32 (for greater depth of field—if you prefer) or shoot with a longer exposure. Even after sunset, during the magic hour of light, you can still capture stunningly images in glorious colour.

Photograph reflections. 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. Photograph contrasting colours, such as yellow leaves against a blue sky, red leaves against a mossy, green background. Look for intriguing textures, such as bark, thorns and fruit.

More colour and texture.
Even the woodland floor provides a selection of colour and texture such as mushrooms, toadstools, mosses and fallen leaves. Use these subjects to enhance your autumn collection of pictures. You will need to shoot these photos at a very low angle which may require using a small table top tripod, or you could rest your camera on a  special ‘Camera Bean Bag’ available from camera shops and the internet. And don’t forget to take a Polyethylene sheet so you can lie on the ground and keep your clothes clean to take these low angle shots.

Composition. Try taking horizontal and vertical pictures. Horizontal pictures give an impression of space, whereas vertical pictures give an impression of height. In the same location, try taking not only horizontal pictures, but vertical as well. Especially when the clouds are expressive, there are many opportunities to utilize the height of the autumn sky by taking pictures vertically. Compare the difference in atmosphere between horizontal and vertical pictures.

Other autumn subjects.
Leaves and trees aren’t the only thing to photograph in the Autumn. Visit a farmer’s market if you have one near you and snap some of the beautiful colours and shapes of the fruits and veggies especially pumpkins, apples and other autumn produce.

The foremost rule at all times of the year is to protect your camera in bad weather.
Rain should not discourage you from taking pictures in the autumn; it can give an unexpected dimension to an image. Cover your camera and lens with a plastic bag when not in use, and keep it as dry as possible when using it. If your camera does become wet leave it in a dry warm room and let it dry naturally. Best of all Purchase a waterproof case for your camera and be sure it's securely fastened in bad weather.

If you have a specific subject in mind you may wish to see our -
How to Photograph flowers sea & water trains sunset birds, mountains trees landscapes
,  Butterflies.

Or you would like to find out  
How to Shoot your images in Black & White.

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