Fall is in the air. We have gathered some expert tips to share with you, so you can take lovely fall pictures for your uniquely designed Photo books, PicFrames, Calendars and Cards!
1)Get To Know Your Camera
You camera came with a manual. Dig it out and read it. Even if you have a simple model camera, it has features that will help you take impressive pictures.Just relax at home and read the manual FIRST. Then go out and explore the world.
2)Keep your camera in your car and always with you!
Fall is filled with great images, but Fall is a short season. You only get about three weeks of good color and then it’s gone. HAVE YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU! Don’t tell yourself you’ll come back later to get that shot. Rarely do we get back to it, and the great shot may not be there when you do return….not the way you see it now.
3)Overcast Days are Good Days! Use them!
Cloudy days filter sunlight, making fall colors even deeper. The film ‘drinks’ in color, leaving you with rich images. Try shooting in the rain (beneath an umbrella) or under very overcast skies. Just leave the sky out of the picture, shoot off a roll and see what happens!
4)Windy Days Work. Work with them!
Leaves fluttering around give a feeling of movement. They can really enhance a shot.
5)Create an interesting photo!
To create a more interesting photo, don’t try to capture everything you see. By choosing something with visual appeal or interest, such as a fence, tree or a bridge and placing it off-center, will add greater depth to your photo, and will provide a framework for the beautiful fall foliage.
6)Take photos in the early morning or late afternoon!
This period of day provides the most interesting light for fall photos. The contrasts of light and shadow at these times allow for interesting depth.Try taking photos just before sunset and using a warm polarizing filter for dramatic color when you’re shooting colorful red and orange trees.
7)Don’t let an overcast day keep you from taking fall photos!
Grey days actually allow fall colors pop out. Take advantage of these days by focusing in on natural details, such as bright pumpkins or fallen leaves. A cloudy fall day is also a great time for taking outdoor portraits. The even lighting and lack of harsh shadows allows subjects and smile and look ahead with out squinting or unnatural shadows crossing their faces.
8)Use a tripod whenever possible
As steady as we may think we are, a tripod is steadier. It will also force you to slow down, giving greater thought to your compositions.
If you’re shooting with a Digital SLR camera, take advantage of the RAW file format. It allows for greater flexibility for error and recovery. It also allows for a wider color gamut to record accurately…very important when shooting the many colors that fall provides.
10)Have fun when taking your fall photos
Don’t restrict yourself to a certain subject or location, move around, and take many shots from different angles. Getting shots from low angles gives you the benefit of different lighting, making a more interesting image. Also, take advantage of action shots. A waterfall, river and even just a windy day can give your photos motion and provide more visual interest.