10 Fall Photography Tips
Gold-kissed evenings, cool winds stirring the trees, leaves turning and falling, falling. The scent of apple and cinnamon wafting through the air, children tossing leaves about, families gathered ’round the hearth.
Autumn is beautiful, bountiful, undeniably glorious and she’s begging to be photographed. Grab your camera, head outside, and capture the beauty of the season with these quick and easy fall photography tips:
Fall Photography Tips
1. Shoot during the Golden Hours
Capture warm, rich, vibrant colors by shooting during the Golden Hours – the first hour or so after sunrise and the last hour or so before sunset, when the sun is at its sweetest. That gorgeous early morning light will lend a soft, golden tone to your photos while the early evening light casts a stronger golden-orange tone.
2. Embrace the haze
Those hazy fall days are a thing to behold. Add drama and a soft, ethereal beauty to your photos by shooting during those hazy mornings and evenings.
3. Take advantage of overcast days
Don’t underestimate the power of cloudy, overcast days. Overcast skies act as a wonderful light diffuser, blocking harsh sunlight and making vibrant leaves pop. Perfect for landscape photography.
4. Don’t forget those portraits
The Golden Hours make for beautiful portrait lighting. Backlight your subject, incorporate colorful fall foliage into your background to help fill your frame, or shoot from above while your subject lies down in a pile of leaves.
5. Look for color contrasts
Showcase the glorious colors of autumn by creating interesting contrasts. Photograph bright red leaves against green grass, yellow leaves against a vibrant blue sky. The possibilities are endless.
6. Capture a tree changing colors through daily time-lapse photos
Start a fun photography project. Photograph the same tree from the same spot at the same time each day. Create an animated GIF of your photos and watch the beauty of fall magically unfold before your eyes.
7. Focus on the little details
Get up close and personal. Photograph the intricate little details of leaves – brown edges, little veins, and paper thin leaves. Macro lenses are perfect for detail shots.
8. Find creative, new ways to photograph autumn leaves
Forget the usual leaves on a limb. Try something new! Photograph leaves strewn about, floating in water, or tape a leaf to your window to create a drifting effect.
9. Warm it up
Sometimes auto white balance just doesn’t do the trick. Experiment with different white balance settings to achieve a warm effect. Tweak your Kelvin settings or play around with cloudy white balance if your camera has semi-auto white balance settings.
10. Get wet
Bring out the deep, rich colors of autumn leaves by shooting when they’re wet. Head down to the river to photograph floating leaves, wait for rain, or spray a few leaves with a spray bottle.