Things to Photograph this Autumn

November 13, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I have some more hints and tips for your Autumn photography. The main thing to remember is to get out and enjoy the fabulous colours that autumn offers us, if you can get out early to get the morning mist that's great, but if not don't worry, there's all sorts of exciting colours and textures just waiting to be photographed whatever time of day you have free.

Think about the angles you are photographing from, if your in the woods and wanting to fill your frame with leaves from above that's fine, you can look straight down over the top of an assortment of leaves, but it may be that you will get a more interesting photograph if you lie down on the floor so that your at ground level with them, and using a shallow depth of field and looking through a curled leaf - you may get some very interesting effects.

Whilst your down there if you roll onto your back and look up through the trees that are now above you, with a wide angle lens you will also get a different point of view that you are not used to seeing.

Things to think about before you go - as it's quite damp on the ground now, you may want to take something to lie on/sit on so that you don't get wet, or wear some waterproof trousers/jacket. Wear layers as it's easier to take off a single layer of clothing if you start to warm up too much from walking etc and easy to add thin layers again if you're sitting or lying in one spot for any length of time.

Other things to try - well with all of the windy weather we are having at the moment, if you go out and see some fabulous cloud around, why not pop your camera on its' tripod and go for a slow shutter speed - maybe 20 or 30 seconds and try capturing the movement of the clouds in the sky - you may need to use an ND filter to do this to balance the sky and land. If you have a go at this you will also want to think about how much sky you put in the shot - think about the rule of thirds and if the sky is interesting and this is going to be the main feature of your image then hand over two thirds of the frame to the sky to add real drama, shot on a wide angle lens with some motion from cloud movement will give you amazing results.

If you are fortunate to have water by you when you are out and about with your camera, if it's moving water think about whether you want to freeze it or see the movement in it, or if it's still - a lake or pond - can you get the reflections of the trees and they're stunning foliage in the reflection? take several shots - for example just the reflection - and the reflection with the real tree above, once you have your shots, look for a different view point - is there a hill or bank you can climb to change your point of view, often it's not the first viewpoint you find that is the best, so even if you have photos you are happy with - take a few minutes to look for an alternative - you may be pleasantly surprised.

Wherever you go with your camera this autumn in whatever weather, look for the colours and textures that autumn offers us, from the macro life of leaves and barks and the insects living within, to the wide shots of as many trees as you can fit in one photograph. If you have any questions please just ask.

I will post more course dates tomorrow. I am hoping to have some exciting new studio news in the next couple of weeks.

 

 


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