Autumn can be a really pretty time, so why not get out and take some macro shots, even if you have a compact camera. Here are some hints and ideas.
You need a compact that has a close focus. Around 10cm is fine, however many modern compacts focus as close as 1cm now. The maco mode is usually indicated by a flower icon and you need to ensure this is selected otherwise your camera won't know you want to shoot macro shots.
A tripod will help prevent camera shake and if you plan on shooting fungi and other subjects that are close to the ground, one that has a reversing centre column will help.
For locations where there's not much light, such as in woods, you may need a small reflector to bounce more light on to your subject. If you don't own one try making your own from a piece of card and silver foil.
Be on the look out for subjects that have interesting textures or are full of colour. Look all around you as during autumn you'll find subjects down on the floor as well as up in trees.
Autumn means lots of gorgeous coloured leaves falling off trees and they can make interesting macro shots on their own or you can use your macro leaf shots as textures in other photos. Look for different patterns and shapes but this doesn't mean they have to be perfect as little imperfections can add interest to your shot.
As the leaves fall off the trees, they become bare, and this gives you great opportunities for shots of bare branches and bark which make great textures for background montages. Also consider textures that can be printed as triptychs - three photos framed in panels side by side.
In autumn, the first frost of the year usually appears and can make interesting photos when it covers leaves or grass. Head for open spaces (lawns and fields) rather than places that are sheltered, which can stop frost from forming. Side and direct light will help emphasis the way the frost glistens and it will last longer in shaded areas but you'll need to use a reflector to bounce extra light into the shot. For shots that capture the patterns and textures frost creates, get in close and avoid using flash.
Conkers And Berries
Conkers are becoming ripe and falling so be on the look out for them. Don't just go for brown ones either as they look just as good when popping out of their bright green shells.They are perfect subjects for an autumn still life when used along side leaves and even berries. If you do use berries you may need to adjust your shooting position as reflections can be a problem due to them having an almost shiny surface.
If you want to learn more about photography during the autumn season and get your hands on an Olympus OM-D
, Steve Gosling will be holding an OM-D Event titled: 'Autumn Colours' on Monday 5 November 2012 at Bolton Abbey. The course is priced at £50 (normally £99) and more information can be found here: 'Autumn Colours' workshop
. Please note this course is sold out, more dates to be announced shortly.
You can find more information about other Olympus OM-D Events here: OM-D Events