Fall is nearly upon us, so it's the perfect time to start brushing up on your autumn photography skills to make the most of those beautiful oranges, reds and browns. Hopefully, these five quick steps will set you up for a productive season of photography.
Step 1 - Colours
Fall is an ideal opportunity to capture natural scenes and landscapes as they turn from the greens of summer through to the vast array of auburns and deep reds. Try to find a location where you know the colours of the trees will change and keep revisiting it through the fall months, this way you'll be able to capture the stages of change in colour.
Try underexposing your foliage shots to enhance the richness of the colours on show. Remember also to consider the contrasts between colours, for example, a rich orange leave will look stunning against the backdrop of a clear blue sky.
Photo by Hichako
Step 2 - Utilise Nature
The weather and light through the fall months can also be extremely beneficial for photography. The bright crisp mornings are ideal for landscape and detail work. But if it comes over all cloudy, don't worry. Use it to your advantage, make use of the soft light or try capturing a moody sky from your favourite viewpoint.
Make sure you remember to use the golden hours, which at this time of year come much later in the morning and earlier in the evening, so you don't have to get up quite so early to make the most of the beautiful washes of angled light. It's also a great idea to keep an eye on the weather. Try to capture a glowing misty morning, making for stunning and ethereal fall scenes.
Photo by Harry Kontos
Step 3 - Details
Fall is a great time of year to seek out the shots of nature's details that only appear for a couple of months. For example, if you're out in the woods, keep an eye out for nuts and berries. When shooting detail shots, remember to consider composition and the angle at which you're shooting.
Make a decision as to whether you're going to fill the frame with the subject or zoom out a bit and put it in context. Avoid leaving any dead space in your shot and backgrounds that don't add something to the image. It's also the time of year for harvesting crops, so keep an eye out for activity on the farmland as that can provide very interesting subject matter.
Photo by Thorston Becker
Step 4 - Revisit, Revisit, Revisit
I've already mentioned that it's a good idea to revisit the same locations throughout the fall season, but it's also worth revisiting any particular favourite locations or locations that you've enjoyed working at previously. The colours and light will vary greatly from shooting at any other time of year, so it's an ideal opportunity to capture your favourite scenes in a new way, filled with delicious fall colours.
Photo by Pascal Bovet
Step 5 - Get out there and give it a try!
It's worth bearing in mind that many of these fall foliage scenes will have been captured similarly by countless other photographers, so capture the scenes that catch your eye, but if you can, push yourself to avoid clichéd shots and shoot fall from your own point of view.
Now it's over to you. Grab your camera and go and seek out those fall scenes, there's such a rich variety of colours, subject matter and photographic interest, you're bound to come home with a camera full of beautiful shots!
Photo by Ronzzo
Feel free to post links to your examples of fall photography or to other people's inspiring autumn images in the comments below!