Fall has finally hit here in the southern half of the country – the temperatures are finally out of the red-zone, and the trees are just starting to turn. You need a jacket if you’re staying until the end of the Friday night football game, and festivals are a dime-a-dozen on the weekends!
Having lived the majority of my life in New England and upstate New York, I never truly appreciated the spectacle that is Autumn in the land of the Sugar Maple. I thought everyone’s Fall was like that!
Now I understand why we’d have busloads of tourists from Germany clogging up the highways every September!
So when the color is high and the weather is good – get out there and take some photos! Last year Stan had some tips for you, and here are a few suggestions and tips that I’ve found capture the season well:
- Don’t forget to change your perspective. Need to clean the gutters? Take some photos from up on the roof! Drive to the high spot in town and see what you can see. Lie on the ground and shoot the tree canopies backlit by the sun.
- Get close – one stunning leaf on the ground is worth a hundred so-so leaves on the tree! Or try for a leaf hanging against the rough brown tree bark. Have your kid toss an armful in the air and get a closeup on her face as she enjoys the shower.
- Remember the “golden hour”. Right after sunrise and right before sunset the golden light will make all those yellows and oranges sing. Get up before sunrise and grab a few sunrise photos too, then treat yourself to breakfast!
- Overcast days are a GOOD thing! Nice, even lighting can be even better than harsh sunlight, and you can always warm up the color in Photoshop later.
- Kids won’t cooperate? Try a pet! Most pets (even cats!) love playing in the leaves, and you can get some lovely photos with some patience. Remember to get down to their height and capture the pet’s-eye view!
- Underexpose just a little! You’ll get more saturated colors and you brighten it back up in Photoshop.
- Use trees to “frame” your photos – place yourself so you have a tree along one or both sides of your image just partly in the frame for a nice border.
- Keep a camera with you. The best camera is the one in your hand. You never know when you’re going to come upon a stunning scene and want to grab a shot!