4 Tips for Photographing Fall

Special Guest Post by Jason Anderson

© 2011 Jason Anderson

Depending on where you are in the world, peak fall foliage colors may be past, prime, or forthcoming, but there are still many opportunities for photography during the Autumn season.  Autumn is a fantastic time of year because this is a season of many changing colors, and the opportunities for photographic expression are incredible.  While most people tend to think of the colors, leaves, pumpkins and stereotypical themes, there are some things to be aware of before you venture out.  With that in mind, here are four fall photo tips!

  1. Bump the ISO – Many times you will be shooting in low light…the sun is past its autumnal equinox, which means it is going to start getting darker sooner.  Whether it’s fall foliage, Trick-or-Treaters, or porch-perched pumpkins you’ll be in low light which means you need to compensate for that in camera. This means adjusting your camera settings to higher ISO values.
  2. Shallow Depth of Field – As you need more light, you will also likely be shooting at a wider aperture to let more light in.  This is going to have an impact on your depth of field relative to your plane of focus.  Make sure you take this into account when you are composing your shots. If you want more of the scene in focus, this means stepping back (so your distance to subject is greater, which will put less separation between your subject and background accordingly).
  3. Staging scenes – Some of the most striking scenes in nature occur at this time of year.  Whether it’s colored leaves, wheat waving in fields, or candy-filled dishes waiting for kids, there are so many scenes that can afford great photography.  Try to be original…what would happen if you took a colored leaf and juxtaposed it to an urban scene?  What about a straw of wheat with a pet’s face peaking through (or your kids)?  There are so many ways to be creative – and this is a great time of year to do so!
  4. Enjoy the time!  – This is totally a time of year for kids – candy, costumes, and more candy!  It makes for some hyped up kids for sure, but also for some happy smiles!  Take advantage of a really fun time and just enjoy being with family, friends and loved ones.  Keep capturing photos, but there’s nothing wrong with setting down the camera periodically to just enjoy the moment.  My nieces and nephews used to never see my face because it was always behind the camera, so I try to take the camera out of the equation periodically.  I’d encourage you to do the same.


You can read and learn more photography tips, tricks, tutorials from Jason over on his website at www.canonblogger.com

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