Autumn Photography Tips

These autumn photography tips are to help you get the most out of your camera.

Photographing fall is a joy. The weather is cool, the days are just long enough and brilliant color is everywhere.

If you live in the northern hemisphere, with deciduous trees, shrubs, and vines, the equinox means  change in the weather and colors of trees and leaves. It is a great opportunity for nature photographers to practice their skills and for nature journal keepers to get out and record the seasonal changes.

Some of my best pictures are taken in the Fall. You can see some of my pictures in my Fall Photo Gallery.

leaves and stones
leaves and stones

If you use a simple digital camera, it contains many shooting modes and scenes which can enhance your photos.

I use Canon cameras and know them best. But, any modern digital camera has similar settings and shooting modes. So, this information is applicable to many cameras. Just check your user manual for equivalents.

  • shoot on overcast days, the colors will pop
  • use the “special scene setting – foliage” the color saturation will be increased
  • try the “vivid” color setting
  • when shooting under overcast skies use the “cloudy white-balance” setting
  • use the landscape mood to shoot wide vistas and skies
  • use macro setting to shoot close-up shots filled with color
  • try photographing an overcast day in black and white
It is an exciting challenge to find  ways to make a small point-and-shoot camera take really good photographs.

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