Friday, October 23, 2015

10 Tips for Shooting Fall Foliage.

“There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!”
                                                               Percy Bysshe Shelley

Fall season is a fascinating time of year that brings picturesque colors with it. From the first hints of autumn to the last fallen leaf nature gives amazing opportunities for the photographers.

Here are 10 trips that will help you to create a more captivating autumn portfolio.

1. Focus on simplicity.
The lovely autumn colored mosaic can be great, but do not ignore minimalism with isolated trees or a single leaf (read more about minimalism here). Viewers can get a close-up view of the full appearance of the image through color and textures. Keeping it simple is often the best way.

2. Include water.
Water becomes enchanted in the fall season, so focus on ponds, lakes or rivers or whatever puddle of water you’ve got around you. High results are to be expected soon.

3. Use reflections.
The water is a glassy blue, which allowed the reflection of trees or clouds to appear on the surface.

4. Add mystery with the fog.

 In many cases fog could soften colors and add mood to your image. With the fog all familiar things suddenly becomes mysterious. You can add drama to your image by converting your photos to black and white.

You can look for vivid colors that will help make the fog standout.

5. Use autumn bokeh.
Fall season is the perfect time to use wide aperture and create bokeh images.

6. Find different subjects with autumn colors.

Don’t limit your fall foliage photos to trees. You can have fun to find autumn colors in things around you (red and yellow cars or orange pumpkins, for example).

7. Control white balance.
Switch from auto to cloudy or shade to add an extra level of warmth to your photographs.

8. Look for contrast.
While shooting have a look for spots where the orange, red and yellow colors are broken up with greens.
Golden colored leaves are very beautiful against a blue sky, but an overcast day could give you great images too, because colors become more saturated.

9. Autumn perspectives.
Change your vantage point. Shoot at a lower point; kneel down to get close to your subject. Look up and photograph the tall trunks reaching toward the blue sky. Look down and photograph the ground with the kaleidoscope of red, brown and yellow leaves.

10. Create an atmosphere with a sense of discovery.
Watch the dance of the fallen leaves. Enjoy the autumn harmony. Create your own autumn image.
Happy shooting!

Thank you for reading!
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