Gearing up for Autumn: Photography Tips!
The first day of autumn is officially Sunday (September 22). We are especially excited about this change in season because, as you know, we love nature, and fall brings so much beauty. There are so many vibrant colors on display, for one. The warm glow of leaves on trees, the richest reds, yellows and greens on plump apples waiting to be picked, and the fiery orange pumpkins that overflow patches decorated with festive corn stalks and bales of hay… If you are like us, you might be overwhelmed by each attraction and you might try to capture fall in full bloom, but find that your pictures just don’t do each spectacular view any justice.
Here are some tips to help you take an amazing set of photos this season:
- Pick an interesting location. We’ve named a few. Other locations you may consider are forest preserves, parks, lakes, woods, open roads (be careful!) and urban areas.
- Photograph during The Golden Hour. This might be a photographer’s best kept secret, as the photos shot during this time of day come out seriously stunning. Photos can be soft or sharp depending on which way you are facing the sun. Get a Golden Hour calculation for your location.
- Play around with angles, points of view and lighting. Do not be afraid to get close to your subject and photograph objects in motion. You can get some really interesting shots experimenting with your camera.
- Experiment with contrast. Your subject is more likely to stand out against contrasting colors, than if it were to be photographed on its own. For example, photographing the warm tones of leaves against the cool tones of water, tree bark, pavement, etc., will really make your photo pop!
We would love to see how your pictures turn out!
*Photos Courtesy of Martha Layton Smith