Tips: photographing autumn like a pro
How to capture Autumn's mix of colours with your camera
The best light
Walks in the sunshine are obviously beautiful and the colours explode before our eyes - but don't underestimate the power of overcast days. Many of the best autumn photographs are taken with a cloudy sky, when the light filters gently through the clouds as if through a diffuser. At the same time, the colours as well as the details particularly come into their own. The morning misty shroud is also very beautiful, whilst the dew reflects the colours.
How to deal with sunshine in autumn
The eternal debate over whether it is better to photograph towards or away from the sun isn't exactly solved with the arrival of autumn. In one direction it is in the eye of the beholder and in the other direction every angle has its pros and cons. When the sun is behind, pictures may well often appear shallow and two dimensional even though making the colours really stand out. However they can lose their impact without any contrast. Excellent moods can also be achieved though when you allow the back light to filter through the vibrant leaves here and there.
Use contrast in your photo
The changing play of colours in autumn makes it easy to play around with contrasts. Vivid red leaves are even more striking in front of a green field or with a blue sky in the background. Try to take your pictures slightly underexposed, to let the colours have greater impact.
Don't forget people
Take your family out with you. When Gran and Grandad are holding hands on a sun-drenched walk through the woods, or the children are dancing in the leaves raining down around them, it's a marvellous and easy way to take souvenir pictures. The flattering light is particularly good for taking portraits or group photos of your loved ones.
Don't just rely on your camera's automatic setting - have a go yourself by using the aperture, exposure time and ISO value settings. This way, you can create warm light when photographing by manually setting the white contrast, for example. Alternatively, many digital cameras are already installed with suitable programme settings such as 'overcast', or 'portrait' which are still great to use.
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