Get brilliant fall photos with these 3 tips.
Capture the bright hues of autumn and take your most stunning seasonal photos yet.
The first thing that comes to mind with fall photography is color. Brilliant, changing color. This season brings with it cooler temperatures, shorter days, and all the brightness of transitions in its reds, yellows, and oranges. It's a fleeting time that can feel hard to capture. Get started with some of these fall photography tips and watch your images transform like the seasons.
How to prepare for your autumn photoshoot.
Being in tune with your environment is key to capturing your scene at its most brilliant. Try these tips to prepare for your shoot.
- Location. The best photos come from thorough preparation. Location scouting is crucial, especially during a season when scenes change so quickly. Make sure you've done your research and know where you want to go.
- Timing. You'll want to capture the scene when it's at its most brilliant. Research timing for peak colors in the areas you plan to photograph. It's also helpful to know which trees dominate the landscape so that you can understand what colors and stages of color to expect.
- Weather. Weather is a central element of timing. Check the temperatures starting a few weeks before your shoot to help give a picture of what to expect at the scene. Cooler weather means colors might be changing sooner. If your site is at a higher elevation, that factors in too.
Creative tips for fall photography.
With your location secured and colors at their best, it's time to take your photos. Keep these tips in mind to capture stunning fall shots.
- Complement your colors. The bright hues of fall leaves pop even more with a complimentary counterweight. Juxtapose the leaves next to a clear blue sky or a brilliant water feature to heighten the contrast. Evergreen foliage also creates a striking balance. Together, these complementary colors create a sense of harmony that heightens the impact of the color.
- Switch up your perspective. Most photographers take foliage photos from eye level, which makes sense considering that is where you typically stand to take photos. Try getting a different perspective on the trees to create new effects. For instance, what would the foliage look like from the ground? What would it look like from a wider angle? How about from a more elevated height, like perched on a branch? Getting new angles on the scene also brings new color combinations and contrasts.
- Maximize golden hour. Golden hour, around sunrise and sunset, is a beautiful time of day for any kind of photoshoot. But take the brilliant colors of autumn, and you've got the most golden golden hour of all.
Turn up the glow with your edits.
Learn more tips and tricks for finding, framing, and shooting your most brilliant autumn scenes. And then bring out the best of your fall photoshoot in the editing process. Explore what you can do to elevate your autumn photos in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.