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Category: Landscape and Travel

Autumn colours - The green leaves are turning giving you the chance to capture the golden colours of autumn once again.

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Even though the days are getting shorter and most of us would prefer to stay inside rather than venture to work in the ever growing cold, the golden colours of Autumn are starting to decorate our streets, parks and woods and this news will pull even the most nesh photographer outside.

Autumn leaves

Gear
You can take your DSLR, wide and medium telephoto lenses along but if you're just going for a quick walk in the park, a compact camera will be fine. Take a look at Samsung's range if you're in the market for one. A tripod's handy but not always a necessity but do think about taking a polarising filter to enhance the rich colours.

Technique
Early morning or the end of the day light is perfect for autumnal photography which is good news if you're stuck in the office all day. This time of day also gives you the chance to capture extra elements such as mist drifting around trees and frost twinkling in the sunlight.

Avoid shooting into the sun as this can often lower the saturation of your colours and it can also create lens flare. You may also want to try warming up your shots by adjusting the white balance or by applying a filter later on in Photoshop.

If you're going for grand, scenic shots it's important to have some foreground detail otherwise the scene can look a little empty. As the background will be full of autumnal colours try using a tree stump, fence or bushes that are a darker shade to contrast what's behind. Another way to accentuate your colours and composition is to use a bright blue sky as your canvas. Golden coloured leaves pack some punch when framed against a blue sky but don't dismiss dark skies either as overcast days can give you moody, richer looking images.

If there's a pond or stream in your park go and take a walk around them as the reds and oranges of autumn look great reflected in water. You can also capture images of the leaves as they float downstream. If you take your kids with you get a few snapshots of them throwing leaves in the air and don't forget about the mushrooms that can be found hidden in the foliage at this time of year.


You've read the article, now go take some fantastic images. You can then upload the pictures, plus any advice and suggestions you have into the dedicated Photo Month forum for everyone at ePHOTOzine to enjoy.


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