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5 Photo Tips For Fall

By Matt Kloskowski  ·  October 18th, 2013

With all the wonderful photography opportunities that fall presents, we thought these tips might come in handy. This blog post was originally posted on www.mattk.com.

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5 Things To Look For When Photographing In The Fall

1. Backlit Trees - During the fall the colors can really pop with some blazing color when the sun is behind them (A.K.A. Backlit). In order for the color to really pop and have that appearance that they’re glowing, the trees sunlight. So, while you’re always being told to shoot right at sunrise or sunset, you can bend that rule a bit and shoot when the sun is a little bit higher (but still low), so that the leaves have that backlit glow to them.

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2. Contrast – Find a bright colored tree (or trees) that’s surrounded by darker trees. Then put your zoom lens on, and zoom in to really showcase the color that stands out.

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3. Include the Sun Behind a Tree or Branch - I’m a huge fan of including the sun in a photo. If you’re walking around a grove of trees, try setting your aperture to f/16. Then shoot into the sun, and position yourself so the sun is just at the edge of a branch, leaf, or tree trunk to get that little sun-star like you see here.

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4. Cloudy Weather – Cloudy weather is actually really good for photographing in the fall. The photo below would never have looked as good on a harsh sunny day, and would have been too dark at sunrise or sunset. The colors really stand out and typically don’t have as much glare on them as they would a sunny day. Remember, during the fall, sometimes the color is why you’re out there. It’s a very short time during the year where nature is that colorful. The weather is secondary. So on cloudy overcast days (where you’d normally leave your camera back home), you can actually shoot because the colors look great. Oh…and try putting your polarizer on to help saturate the colors and remove any glare.

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Extra Tip: Border Patrol – If you’re out shooting on an overcast day, try not to include too much of the sky. Typically, on an overcast day the sky will just be white (or gray, but probably white). White skies usually don’t look good. So, whether it’s in camera or in Lightroom/Photoshop, crop ‘em out.

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5. Pumpkins! Nothing says fall like pumpkins. If you’re taking portraits, find a good pumpkin patch. Ask nicely if you can bring your kids, grandkids, or whoever by to take their photo. Maybe even buy a pumpkin or two before you ask. Then stop by early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Put a long lens on (like maybe 200mm) and stand back so that the people fill the frame at 200mm. Set your camera to Aperture Priority, use the lowest aperture setting. Finally, position the people right in front of some pumpkins with the sun behind them and you can get some great photos.

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Thanks for stopping by and good luck while on your fall photo adventures!

7 Replies to 5 Photo Tips For Fall:

  1. Stephen

    October 18, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Love the tips, wish I’d had these 4 years ago when I visited Boston in October.
    We don’t get the colours you have here in the UK !!!!

  2. Steve

    October 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Really awesome tips, thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Dennis

    October 28, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Matt,

    Great tips! I’ll give them a try. Thanks for including the examples. It brings home the point much better than text alone.

  4. Robert

    October 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Very nice pictures I have learn a lot whit this photos, bravo!!!

  5. Doris

    November 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I loved these tips and the photos are beautiful. Thanks, Matt!!

  6. Francis

    November 5, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Very nice.

  7. Don

    November 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Excellent tips. I especially like No. 4 and the extra tip.
    Thanks.

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