The Fascinating Colors of Autumn

As the summers come to an end nature draws its colors in a moderate climate. Autumn weather can bring a variety of photographic results. 

A gloomy and dark sky offers a soft light, while bright sunlight pervades leaves with a luminous, dappled spark. To get the most vibrant colors, a photographer should take photos after sunrise or before sunset 

Get a Perfect Reason for a New Photoshoot

Autumn merriment is a picture-perfect reason for fixing up a studio photoshoot with a unique theme and offer it to your clients. Some popular fall themes for beautiful shoots for families, couples, newlyweds, children, and even pets are Halloween, Thanksgiving, weddings, etc.

 A photographer can show his creativity by unusual photoshoots in autumn colors. It can be a person holding a cup of coffee, moving on dry leaves, hunting-style photo for a dog and its owner; or cool-hats party for a friendly team.

Colors of Autumn

Autumn is a colorful season in which a person can do a lot of things. Autumn brings creativity to photographers. Here are the few things photographers have to keep in mind for the best autumn photography.

Autumnal tones can be photographed in different ways from landscape images to close up shots of a forest floor covered with dry leaves. The autumn color palette consists of a bewildering variety of vibrant hues.

The appearance of colored bands as foliage from tall shrubs and bushes turns their distinctive color. Reflected in ponds or lakes, and shot through a fine rain or mist, autumnal colors take on an abstract look. A photographer catches the best moment when a breeze shivers across the water.

Optimal Camera Settings For Autumn Shoots

Camera mode: Select Landscape mode or Aperture Priority and an aperture of f/11         

Sensor/film speed: Use a low ISO setting (e.g., ISO 100)

Lens setting: Zoom to moderate wide-angle

Flash: Try shots with and without fill-in flash

In The Forest

A forest with autumn colored trees is a place of contrast from dense vegetation to unexpected clearings in the scrub. The fascinating patterns of the forest for a photographer can be trees, plants, and fungi that embellish the forest floor.

Where the overhead cover is less dense, shafts of sunlight can pick out individual plants and fungi. Look out for interesting shapes and textures of plants, trees, and rocks to get the best shot of the forest landscape.

Fallen trees, their gigantic bare and decaying roots scorching outwards, creating a dramatic starburst effect can be a captivating photographic subject. A photographer can explore them closely or go for a broader view to show them in the context of the forest.

 Mushrooms and toadstools have a magical, fairytale quality when in their natural environment. Get down to their level, and move in close with your lens at a wide-angle setting – but do tread very carefully.  Find out a subject as it will highlight the gentle structure and colors

Autumn Wildlife

Autumn is a busy time of year for living things, especially many animals, as they get ready for winter. This time is the best opportunity for photographers’ to shoot not only the portraits of animals but also their relationship with the environment. From morning mist to low afternoon sun, autumn provides an abundance of natural effects that can be used to add texture and atmosphere.

A photographer has to spend little time to study animal habits, favored climate, and feeding time to get the desired clicks. Gardens and parks can be the best place as they usually are not far away.

The migration of birds for winter and stillness of lakes and rivers are excellent opportunities to create ethereal images. You can take a fantastic photo in the early morning, such as a solitary bird set against a pastel-tinted landscape.

Take advantage of animals rummaging for scarce food supplies and an abundance of insects. For an eye-to-eye shot like this, a person needs to get down on the damp ground. The speed of movement of most insects makes a tripod redundant, so shoot hand-held, setting your camera to Macro mode with a high ISO setting. Pick a still day, to avoid wind disturbance.

Some tips and tricks

  1. Use a Polarizing Filter

One can get a fantastic saturation of colors. It is most beneficial in receiving lovely blue skies, but you’ll find that it loses some of the haze that one can often get in autumn.

  1. Shoot in the Golden Hours

The shooting of autumn colors can be best at the start of the day, just before the sunset and end of the day, after sunset when the light is golden. This accentuates the reds and golds even more than usual.

  1. Look for Contrasts

A photographer has to frame shots in such a way that the different colors contrast with one another. Golden leaves on a blue sky – a red leaf on lush green grass, etc.

  1. Play with White Balance Settings

Sometimes Auto mode with White Balance won’t give you the most vibrant results. Warm-up your colors by increasing the colour temperature a touch (not too much). It can only be done by increasing the kelvin numbers or by selecting a setting like ‘cloudy’ if the camera has semi-auto settings.

Remember that each season has its own hues; reds, yellows and orange seem to be the colours that are the prime focus of autumn. Make sure that your photography is focused around these hues as they bring out the true essence of autumn. 

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