Autumn Photography Tips

9th October 2018

Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year and provides stunning colours and landscapes. If you are looking to capture the beauty of changing foliage and cosy nights, now is the time to grab your camera and get going. Here are a few tips to improve your autumn photography.

Explore your postcode

Make sure you set some time aside if you live is a big city to explore the surrounding area to find the best landscapes to photograph. Whether it’s a local park or a colourful tree-lined street, there will be explosion of red, yellow and orange that gives you endless opportunities. Make these colours stand out by shooting them against a grey sky or white building.

Of course, if you have the chance, venturing outside the city and into the countryside will give you a completely different feeling. Try going for a walk or hike about an hour after the sun rises or an hour before it sets to catch nature’s amazing “Golden Hour”.

It's in the details

Get up-close and personal this season. This is a great way to practice your macro photography and to showcase other aspects of autumn, since there is so much more than just colourful leaves. Some of the most beautiful shots are easy to find, try dew drops, spider webs, berries, tree barks, flowers and more. Of course, you can capture the beauty of fallen leaves since none are alike- they look amazing falling from the trees.

Embrace colour

There are so many different colours that appear during this period. To make sure these pop in your image, you can edit your images in post processing. Of course, you can set the vibrant mode setting on your camera which will make things easier for you, otherwise increase saturation to achieve the same effect. You can also edit your photos after the fact with a photo editing program like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom to adjust the exposure, saturation, and contrast to improve the overall look of your photos.

Try backlight

Backlight photography is an amazing way to capture the light that beams through a set of trees. You can shoot backlight photos during almost any time of the day but, of course, the colours look much better during the “Golden Hour” when the sun is not as harsh. Try to shoot an image where the sun is higher up in the sky, and the leaves and trees are up against something darker, this creates more contrast

Keep it simple

Simple and clean compositions work best for showcasing autumnal colours. Shooting foliage will be difficult to do if the image becomes too busy. Try to stick with no more than three key picture elements and crop out anything that takes the viewers’ eye away from the main subject of the shot.