I’ve probably mentioned this already, in fact I may well have mentioned it more than once, but I absolutely love autumn. It is without doubt my favourite season. And not just because it looks so good with all those gorgeous rich colours and that beautiful low sunlight that filters through trees and those atmospheric misty mornings. But you can feel it too, there’s that certain something in the air that you can’t quite put your finger on that just feels like autumn. Or maybe that’s just me!
Last week I headed out with my camera to capture autumn so thought I’d share a few pictures and some tips for photographing autumn:
Set out with an aim in mind, this helps keep you focussed and observant BUT be prepared to be flexible too. My aim was to capture autumn colour and details but this lake and the rowers were too good an opportunity to miss even though they didn’t fit my aim.
Remember to shoot the bigger picture but don’t forget all the small details too, autumn is great for all sorts of details, acorns, conkers, spiders webs covered in mist, fallen leaves, toadstools, and in my case tiny little holly bushes and fungi. Keep your eyes open and don’t forget to look around your feet for the small things that might go unnoticed.
The weather can vary massively at this time of the year and every weather brings its own appeal, mist can be beautiful and atmospheric, especially when its lingering between trees.
Sunny days will bring out the rich colour, the sun is lower than in summer and with less leaves on the trees keep a look out for little pockets of light or rays coming through the branches.
Unfortunately we also tend to get plenty days where the skies are bland and white, on days like this its good to compose your shots so that the sky isn’t included, boring white skies rarely add any interest to a picture so try to ignore them!
Sometimes our cameras don’t seem to capture those gorgeous colours in that lovely, rich way we had imagined. Warming up your images a little can make a great difference, if you don’t want to do this afterwards in editing software you can change some settings before you take the picture. If you are using a camera that allows you to change the White Balance try setting it to cloudy and this will warm your pictures. If you are using a phone have a look for a filter that’s called either chrome or warm.
And finally, don’t forget about black and white! Autumn may be full of beautiful colours but that great range of tones can also work really well in black white too.
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