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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Never before has photography been so accessible for so many people. We are in the middle of a photographic revolution where photography has been democratized and everyone is a photographer in their own right. In the past photography was limited by cost, technical expertise, limitations, and portability of equipment. Today all, or at least most of us, carry a camera with us all the time on our phones. We are also able to share our images in a way unimaginable twenty years ago, there are millions of uploads onto photo sharing websites every day and photography has become an integral part of our dialogue and communication. As a baby takes it’s first steps, for example, it’s possible to take images on a phone or mobile device, briefly edit them and upload them onto a social sharing platform like Facebook or Instagram and for all friends and family to see within moments! This has revolutionized the way news is reported, how we communicate with each other and record our lives in a way that our parents wouldn’t have even imagined when they were young.
Yet despite this plethora of technology and accessibility to fantastic technology do the images being produced still have meaning and are they able to communicate their message? One could argue that all images have some intrinsic worth in that that they record a unique moment and have significance to the photographer despite any technical shortcomings? I think it’s probably true to say that the digital revolution has increased the number of photographs in the world but not necessarily the quality. There are now a huge number of photographers, particularly wedding photographers, many more than there were in the past. There are still amazing images being produced and the advances last ten years have certainly allowed the boundaries of image making to be pushed further and further but, as photographers, we are still limited by our technical knowledge and facility in the first instance and the limitations of our imagination, freedom of thinking and creative eye eventually.
This blog is all about how to improve your photography in the digital age. Whilst there will be some discussion about cameras and equipment the main thrust of the information will be about photography styles, finding your own photographic voice and working with the equipment you have rather than constantly striving to have the latest camera upgrade. It’s much cheaper and ultimately much more satisfying to develop your photographic eye and photographic thinking than it is to blow all your savings on the latest 32-megapixel camera body! Of course, the updated equipment will make the job of becoming a good photographer easier it but won’t actually make you a better photographer. A good photographer can make compelling images using any equipment and it can be much more profitable artistically speaking to spend time looking and learning from other photographer’s work than poring over endless equipment reviews and “Pixel Peeping” at test photographs!
Photography can become one of the most satisfying and rewarding of hobbies. It can involve a lifetime of learning and is a great way to challenge your creativity, thinking and view on the world. Some people say that photographers are constantly trying to make sense of the disparate elements around them by organizing and arranging in the frame. If this helps to order and record our lives then so much the better. Photography offers a lifetime of learning and I hope that this blog offers some stepping stones along that journey.…
This article will tell you about some DSLR photography tips for beginners. The tips are very helpful for those
who has been used to point-and-shoot cams who now want to upgrade to DSLR photography?
DSLR cameras aren’t grossly complex but it surely takes some time to get used to it. With the DSLR photography tips here, you should be able to learn the basics while still getting to know your camera. These are just basic DSLR photography tips and hopefully, it can come handy for beginners in this field.
Composition of Landscape
If you are into taking pictures of landscapes, this is a simple rule to remember – the rule of thirds. This means that 2/3 or 1/3 of the image should makeup either the foreground or the sky, depending on which object you want to focus on. This strategy will give your image more depth and a dramatic look.
Using the aperture
Aperture tells you how much of the scene you see in the viewfinder will be focused. When you choose low aperture, this means that only the foreground will be focused while the rest of the picture will be fuzzy. This functionality is used for macro-photography and close-ups when you just want to highlight your subject in the picture. High aperture also means everything will be focused. This option is best used for landscapes. Since these settings are different according to the lens, be sure to play around with this functionality.
Shooting very sharp pictures
The first thing to ensure a sharp picture is to have a steady hand. The latest cameras now have built-in stabilizers, allowing some tolerance for your movement. But, when your hand isn’t steady in taking pictures even with this functionality, upon close observation on a large screen, you will still see blurry effects on them. Another way to control this is by using a tripod.
Shooting in soft light
Most beginners think that the best time to take pictures is during a full daylight, when in fact it’s the other way around. Direct sunlight can actually ruin your pictures. It can cause harsh shadows, overexposure, and loss of detail. Go take pictures at dawn, dusk or right after/before a rain shower. If you just need to shoot during full daylight, never shoot with the sunlight behind or in front of you; shoot your photo with light from the side.
ISO is a camera setting that determines film speed. This simply means that the higher ISO you set, the more light comes in. This means that when you have to take pictures in dark settings, you have to increase ISO in order to capture more light. Although this also has another implication, which is adding noise to your images, which are difficult to remove. Therefore, keep your ISO low and increase it slightly when shooting in dark settings.
Low shutter speeds are helpful in getting sharp pictures of mobile objects. You can also alter the shutter speed settings in order to produce a more experimental picture such as capturing fireworks. Also, shutter speed instantly increases in dark settings.
When to use Automatic Mode
The automatic mode is the completely automatic setting of your camera, where it sets the shutter speed and the aperture for you depending on what you shoot. The best time to use the Automatic Mode is when you aren’t certain about what you’ll shoot. For example, when shooting things which are rapidly changing so that you don’t have any time to manually set the camera, choose this mode.
Keeping things simple
It is frequently better to keep subjects simple and not to try to capture everything at once. The complex background can actually ruin your photo. Shooting crowds also is another example, where they are complex, uninteresting and can’t give a clear message.