By Jeff Cable Director of Marketing for Lexar
Autumn’s scents, colours and coolness are replacing the heat and humidity of summer, and it’s a great opportunity for photographers of all skill levels to get out and capture shots of the changing season. Because the timeframe is so short, you will want to use proper shooting techniques to take full advantage of the season. Here are a few starting points to increase the quality of your photos during Autumn.
Experiment with the aperture
Since the colours of the changing leaves are so vivid, it’s important to accentuate them in different ways. By experimenting with the aperture setting on your camera, you can change the focus of the scenery. A lower f-stop (which is actually the higher number) will put the entire depth of field into focus, while a higher f-stop (lower number) will enable the camera to focus on the subject in the foreground and blur out the rest or vice versa. By choosing to raise your f-stop, your photo will focus on an individual leaf or tree and will create a unique perspective that draws the eye to the intended subject.
Keep your subject out of the centre
Sometimes not placing your subject in the centre of the frame can also amplify an image. When shooting outdoors, get creative and use the “rule of thirds” to create different looking images that might draw more attention to the surrounding environment. What is the rule of thirds? This is when you put your subject 33 percent off centre of your image; not too close to the edge, but also not right in the middle. Instead of drawing attention to the centre of your shot, make your viewer scan through the image and look at the complete scene.
Don’t be afraid of contrast
Finding contrast in your shot will also highlight the beautiful colours in your photo. Look for orange leaves on green grass or red trees against a blue sky for eye-catching images. This may require moving around to find the optimal angles to incorporate different colours in your image, and sometimes shooting straight down at the leaves or bringing the camera down to ground level will create a unique perspective. Good photographers always look all around them when they take photos. You may be surprised by what you can capture above, below and all around you.
If flowing water is in your shot, slow down your shutter speed to create a fuzzy effect with the constantly moving fluid. The leaves and wildlife may have sharp, crisp edges, but the water will look like it’s moving and add softness to the photo.
Time is on your side
The time of day you’re shooting is also crucial during Autumn. Try to shoot during the late morning or early evening to avoid the overly harsh lighting that occurs during the middle of the day. The “soft” lighting associated with dusk is optimal for reflecting leaves and greenery, so you’ll enhance your colour schemes. It’s important to scout out locations in advance, but keep in mind that things are constantly changing – what was dull yesterday could be breathtaking today!
Autumnal family frolics
Aside from the individual settings on your camera, Autumn is a great time of year for family portraits. The season provides vast opportunities to capture fun action shots, such as throwing leaves up in the air or jumping into piles of leaves, both of which will be accentuated by the bold colours of the leaves.
By focusing on the members of your family, the beautiful foliage will be present, but slightly diffused in the background.
Keep your memories safe
To ensure you never miss an amazing Autumn shot, always carry your camera with you to seize the opportunity of capturing an unforgettable memory. In addition, make sure you’re using a reliable, speedy memory card, like a Lexar Professional 600x CompactFlash memory card, to not only take that shot at less than a moment’s notice, but also to keep the memories you’ve captured safe and sound!
All in all, Autumn is a wonderful time to experiment with photography techniques. Changing up the aperture of your lens, shifting your focus or timing out your photo shoot are all ways to create lasting memories during this impressive season.
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