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Autumn Photography Tips

Autumn has finally arrived! It’s one of the most colourful and photogenic seasons of the year for photographers. Whether you’re a novice photographer or a seasoned pro, almost anyone can capture the season’s rich warm colours and tones.

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If you live in New England or the Northeast, you’re probably experiencing some of the best fall foliage in the country. Regardless of where you live, autumn photography provides numerous opportunities to capture the changing colours of the season. We’ve compiled a list of ten pointers to help you make the most of your autumn photography experience.

10 Autumn Photography Tips

1. Planning

Before you load up your camera gear and hit the road in search of the perfect shooting location, you should have a good idea of where you’re going to capture all those spectacular fall colours. If you don’t have a specific destination in mind, do some preliminary research so you can spend more time capturing images rather than scouting locations. For ideas and inspiration, one option is to search Flickr or Google by location.

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2. White Balance

Use a color temperature meter to set the white balance before shooting. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars on a high-priced hand-held light and color temperature meter, try a smartphone app.

Smartphone white balance apps are surprisingly accurate and surprisingly cheap. Check out Jonathan Zdziarski’s White Balance Meter (for iOS) or White Balance Color Temp Meter (for Android) (for Android).

3. Composition

Remember the Rule of Thirds in Photography and avoid having the horizon run through the centre of your image. Include an object of interest in the foreground, such as a log, large stone, or plant, to create a sense of perspective.

Look for barns, bridges, churches, hillsides, tree-lined streets and roads, and rivers and streams. In the foreground, use the lines and curves of roads, paths, rivers, and streams to guide the viewer to the subject in the background.

4. Reflections

Use reflections from water to add a creative touch to your autumn photography. Fall colours can be seen reflected in creeks, lakes, rivers, and ponds. A tranquil lake’s still waters can produce a stunning mirror-like reflection.

Don’t limit yourself to water that is perfectly still. Running waters can also create abstract patterns that reflect autumn colours.

5. Close-ups

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Use your marco setting or a telephoto lens to capture stunning details of the trees and leaves.

6. Depth of Field

Choosing the best aperture for landscape photography is heavily influenced by your lens and the composition of your shot. Use a smaller aperture, such as f11 or f16, to get the entire scene in focus for most landscape shots. These apertures will provide you with the most depth of field.

TIP: Avoid using the maximum setting (such as f22) because most lenses do not perform at their best when using minimum or maximum apertures (1.4 to f22).

7. ISO Setting

Shoot at the lowest ISO range possible to capture those stunning autumn colours while minimising noise (100-400).

8. RAW files

Shoot in RAW to be able to correct or fine-tune your images using the camera’s photo editing software or third-party applications such as Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. RAW files take up a lot of space, so bring plenty of memory cards.

9. Tripod

Use a tripod or monopod to stabilize your camera and eliminate camera shake.

10. Self-Timer Release

In low-light situations, use the Self-Timer Release mode to postpone the shutter release for a few seconds after pressing the shutter button. This eliminates the possibility of camera movement and allows you to capture tack-sharp images.

Note: If you want to make some adjustments to the photo just let me know. I can do it for you at a very low cost. You can hire me to edit your photo.


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