Autumn has already arrived, and the most beautiful moments are about to give way to snow and cloudy skies. It’s time to pick up your camera and go shooting. Well, as always, we have prepared some tips on how best to shoot unforgettable autumn photos.
There is hardly anything more spectacular than a model shot surrounded by yellow leaves. Weather permitting, you can get winning lighting without the need for a flash or reflectors.
You can always add dynamics to the picture by kicking or throwing leaves up. In order to capture the moment properly, you’ll have to set your camera to aperture priority mode and use a fairly narrow aperture, like f/4. This is necessary so that all the facial features of the model are in focus, and the leaves in front and behind, on the contrary, turn out to be a little blurry.
Autumn is the time for landscapes, and the golden hour (right after sunrise or right before sunset) is a great time to photograph the perfect landscape. At this time, you will get soft light. Usually you have to hunt behind the scenes either early or late, but in the fall it gets lighter and later, and the golden hour lasts a little longer.
Shoot when the sun is behind you and don’t forget the benefits of ND filters. The sky will be much brighter than the ground, so this is where filters come in handy.
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Autumn is also interesting because at this time you can meet a lot of wild animals. Most of them are preparing for the coming winter. If you carefully study the habits of animals that interest you, you will have a great opportunity to catch them in their natural habitat and take original photos full of dynamics and life. Keep in mind that when shooting animals, it is best to use a telephoto lens with a focal length of at least 300mm. The lens should be very fast, f / 2.8 or f / 4, this will be a significant plus in case you have to shoot in the dark.
Most often, you will have to shoot with an open aperture, this will increase the amount of light and highlight the object against the background.
One of the beautiful fall effects worth photographing is the morning mist. Predicting its appearance is quite difficult, but most often it appears on a warm morning after a cool night.
The mist is at its most impressive during dawn, so it’s best to shoot at that time. It is worth choosing a high point from which you plan to shoot, or staying near the water, and it is best to do this outside the city.
You will need a tripod for photography, as you will need to shoot at a slow shutter speed. The lens should be taken with a focal length of 70–200mm to get a decent perspective and emphasize the layers of fog. Remember to compensate the exposure by at least 1 stop.
The Tamron SP 70–200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 is designed for this kind of shooting. A variant of such a lens can be found for Canon and Nikon SLR cameras.
If you are lucky enough to be near the water in autumn, then be sure to capture the reflections. It is worth shooting with your back to the sun, and it is best to do this in the absence of wind. When shooting from a distance, it is worth setting the aperture to f / 8, this will give you the opportunity to squeeze the maximum out of the depth of field. And of course, for such shootings, it is best to use a neutral density filter. It is worth shooting such shots from a tripod.
The Manfrotto Compact Action tripod is specifically designed for use with digital cameras. The comfortable hybrid tripod head and Manfrotto’s light weight make it ideal for location shooting.
The leaves create a natural palette, which, in turn, looks very impressive in the photo. You can capture not only bright spots, but also the fine structure of the leaves. To do this, you need a macro lens that can capture the true size of the subject.
It is better to shoot with manual focus in LiveView mode, and you can enlarge the image for this by 5 or 10 times.
Macro photography always implies a narrow depth of field, so even when shooting flat subjects, they may not be in focus. The aperture should be set to f / 8 or f / 11, this will not only allow you to capture more space in focus, but also help to increase the sharpness of the picture.