Fall is my favorite time of the year. Cooler weather, the leaves are changing colors and it’s just an all-around amazing season. One thing I love doing in the fall is taking photos. I can never take enough photos!
Here are 5 tips to get the most out of fall photography:
Find Some Water
Water can be pretty useful when taking photos of landscapes. Adding the colors of fall to the equation can make them even better. If you get down to the water’s edge, you’ll be able to create what is called a symmetrical composition. The top half of the photo will be the landscape with the reflection occupying the foreground. When it comes to photography, water is your best friend. Use it to your advantage.
Focus On Foliage
The leaves for me are the best part of fall. I’ll go out in the yard and try to find the best looking leaves to snap photos of. One of my favorite color combinations is red with traces of yellow or orange. They look amazing! There are various types of leaves of all shapes or colors that you can choose from. If you shine a light behind it, you can get a clear image of the tiny veins on the leaf. Scattered leaves anywhere will result in a beautiful photo.
Trees, Trees Everywhere
I can’t get enough of trees during the fall. I like snapping pictures from a distance or having my kids lean up against them for fall photos. Trees make a beautiful backdrop. Record a tree at every stage: full of green leaves, green with a small portion of red/yellow, mostly red/yellow, all red/yellow, partially leafless, and completely leafless. Even catch the leaves falling from the tree if you can. Consider also taking reflection photos of trees in the water.
Believe it or not, fall has the absolute best fashion. From hoodies, scarves, hats, boots to coats. The best places to go for these type of photos is in big cities such as New York or Philadelphia. Adrian Rubin can provide you with a lot more information and tips. It’s also important to note that if you are taking fall photos with subjects in them that they have to dress appropriately. Don’t show up in a dress meant to be worn in June. Show up in fall clothing that will mesh well with your background.
Food… Nom Nom!
There is always someone in my family taking pictures of the food at Thanksgiving. So why not take photos of fall food favorites anytime during the season? Take pumpkin pie for instance. Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie? It’s delicious. I see people taking pictures of iced beverages to hot chocolate, hot tea, or other warm steaming drinks and posting them on Instagram all the time. One thing a lot of people don’t think of when it comes to food though is their local farmer’s market. You can snap some pretty photos there. Another idea is to try snapping a photo of a squirrel holding a nut in it’s mouth with a beautiful fall backdrop.
The ideas are endless when it comes to fall photography. You can even go so far as to mix and mesh all of these ideas together somehow. While I may not be an expert, I find these tips are great for anyone of any photography level. Thanks for reading!