Fall is definitely one of the most beautiful seasons. As the weather transitions from hot to cool, leaves also transition in color from green to brown, red, orange, and many other earth colors. The cooler atmosphere provides a cozy and comfortable feeling that no other season can provide. Because of the beauty of nature during the fall, it is also the best time to take out your camera and practice taking beautiful fall photos. While not everyone may have a great eye and skills for taking beautiful pictures, these can actually be developed. Listed below are the top 20 tips to help you take beautiful pictures during the fall season and develop your photography skills.
1. Use the best film
Using Polaroid and traditional film cameras is actually nice during the fall, but remember to use only the best film to give off that nostalgic and vintage appeal to highlight the colors of the season. Slow film speeds of ASA 100 or 200 are great options. These films will give you the best color density when the pictures are printed and enlargements also look crisper. However, if there is lack of light in a film, the speed of 400 to 800 would be a better option.
2. Tell a story
Fall is a great season to take beautiful fall photos because there is something nostalgic about the surroundings. However, be careful not to capture everything beautiful that you will see. It would be better to have a theme and create a story through your pictures. Pick one thing that is visually appealing and start building your story from there.
3. Timing is necessary
Fall is the best to look at during early morning when the sun shines brightly and during late afternoon when the sun’s rays create a golden halo. The difference in lighting can provide more depth and enhance the colors of your pictures.
4. Overcast is also good
Even if the sun provides great lighting, having overcast is a good alternative. The grey environment provides a nice canvas to make the colors of fall pop out even more.
5. Use filters
This tip is only applicable to those who have the means to purchase expensive Polaroid filters. These filters can actually do so many wonders to your pictures. They can help cut too much glare on sunny fall days and enhance the colors of the sky and leaves. Intensifying filters are also great to give you bolder colors.
6. Contrasts in color
Objects that have visually contrasting colors are great subjects to photograph as well. An orange tree will look really nice against green or bluish-green leaves.
7. Notice movements
Do not be afraid of taking pictures on windy fall days. The movement of the wind is the key to enable you to take photos that truly depict emotion.
During the fall, the reflection of light on glass and water looks amazing in pictures. Capture a pond or a lake during the early morning when the sunlight strikes the surface. It would be nice to place a small object as a focal point in your picture so that the reflected light on the water makes the background look soft and misty.
9. Train your eye
The problem with bad photos is not with the camera; it is with the photographer. Train your eye to see beautiful sights that will translate well on camera. If possible, look through the lens of your camera and see the world through it before taking a click. This will help you find better things to capture.
10. Remember that there is always something for you to photograph
If you can’t find the right scenery, train your eye to look at one thing from different angles. There is always something worthy to be photographed. It all depends on the angle you are trying to capture.
11. Think before you click
It can also be very helpful to imagine first and visualize how you want the picture to look like. Once you have established a clear image of how you want the picture to look like, start taking pictures that will capture that image properly.
12. Change your perspective
It is not enough that you stand up straight all the time when taking pictures. Sometimes the best angles are taken when you change your perspective. Sit on the floor, lie down on the ground, or bend your legs a little. These movements will allow you to capture a better angle and get the best lighting possible for a great fall photo.
13. Modify the aperture
The aperture will help you define the depth and focus of your picture. If you want a more isolated and focused subject, a wide aperture is a better option. However, for landscape photography during the fall, a small aperture may be a better option for the wide range that it can provide.
14. Change the shutter speed
This is a great tip especially if you are taking beautiful fall photos during windy days. The shutter speed will allow you to capture movement better. Increase the shutter speed to stop the action and capture the movement more effectively. Decrease the shutter speed if you want to blur the motion for a more dramatic effect.
15. Adjust the exposure
There is no right or wrong exposure when it comes to taking pictures. Higher exposure is great for gloomy and overcast days while a lower exposure will help lower the glare on sunny days. Modify the exposure according to the feelings and depth you want for your picture.
16. Use a tripod
This may slow you down but if your hands are trembling, a tripod will save you from having blurry pictures.
17. Understand your subject
Before taking pictures, understand what your subject is. For fall, the trees are definitely a great subject to consider. Understand them well and how you can make them more alive and vibrant in your pictures.
18. Find lines
This is a great tip for beginners. If you can’t find a nice subject to focus on, choose converging lines. Find lines within your surroundings that converge to show the horizon and make your pictures more cohesive and symmetrical.
19. Don’t use the flash too much
Use the flash only during night time when there is not enough light available. You want to capture your subject as naturally as it possibly can and using flash can only do more harm than good.
There is no better way for a person to develop taking great pictures during the fall than to practice, practice, and practice.
Fall is definitely one of the best seasons to take pictures. The colors are vibrant but at the same time emit a certain degree of coziness. This is also the best season to practice your photography skills and learn how to take better pictures. Use the 20 tips mentioned above to help you achieve just that.
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