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