Fall Images – Top 5 Photography Tips For Getting Great Fall Pictures
Autumn is without out a doubt one of the most spectacular seasons on earth. Millions of people marvel at the brilliance of fall foliage to the point where leaf peeping has sparked a boom in tourism in the four or five regions in the world that host this autumnal spectacular, Eastern Canada where I live being one of them. For photographers there is a short window of opportunity to capture memorable fall pictures and for those who will travel great distances to take part in this event you’ll want to make sure you take full advantage of the tips below to capture Fall images that stand out from the ordinary. Below are five photography tips that will help you to capture all that autumn landscapes have to offer and more.
- Light, Light, Light: Did I mention light? How many times have you heard that the golden light of early morning and late evening sunset are the best times to shoot. Far too often, but it bears repeating when trying to maximize color while out shooting fall images. Compare your fall images taken in the harsh contrast light of mid-day to those during the golden hours and you’ll quickly see the difference.
- Overcast and Rain: Next to the golden light of early morning and late evening I prefer overcast and rainy days. Wet leaves are very often the most vivid of all and if you change your perspective to a close up view you’ll notice rain drops beading on the surface of individual leaves. And overcast lighting has the ability to eliminate harsh shadows and highlights which can turn great shots into snap shots in a big hurry.
- Reflections: Including reflections in your fall images is an excellent way to add impact and punch. Seek out still ponds and lakes that are bordered by colourful fall foliage and compose to include a mirror image of the scene in the water. Often a 50/50 split works well despite what the rule of thirds might have us believe so take creative liberty.
- Polarizing Filter: Worth mentioning not only for close ups in wet weather and water reflections but also for most of your fall pictures as a polarizing filter can dramatically maximize color saturation in all fall images. This is especially the case where you are including water, blue sky or deeply saturated scenes. Experiment with and without and make comparisons to see which images you like best.
- Cold Nights: This may sound odd but cold nights make for misty mornings both on land and over the water. Some of the most stunning fall pictures I’ve seen use thick mist and fog as a composition element. So check the overnight forecast and set your alarm clock to capture truly unique fall images.
Bonus Tip: Varied Perspective: Most photographers shoot from a tripod or hand hold and they stand up to do it thus 99% of the fall pictures we view are from that same perspective. Challenge yourself to break away from eye level shots by finding new perspectives; get down low or up high to surprise your viewers with a fall picture they don’t expect and won’t quickly forget.