Words by Emma Kay
Summer is nearing its end, and yet again, autumn is in the air. Autumn gives us some fantastic photographic opportunities, as we find out here, with these 5 top autumn photography ideas:
Yes, the stereotypical autumn leaf. But the fantastic colours of the leaves at this time of year are not to be missed. Some truly amazing shades of orange and yellow leaves can be captured and these can look almost golden in the sunlight. Pictures of more skeletal leaves with sunlight shining through them will look great. Sunlight shining through leaves that are just turning yellow leaves can also look good. Be experimental – leaves on the floor in piles can make great photos. Maybe get some kids to play in them, capturing them throwing leaves up in the air, for example while leaves in puddles or flowing down rivers look more artistic. You could also try putting leaves on interesting textures or making arrangements of leaves themselves. Where possible, avoid shooting into the sun as this can often lower the saturation of your colours and it can also create lens flare.
Photo courtesy of mikeandhisnikon
Again, it's the leaves, but this time still on the trees, creating some really stunning images of golden forests and blazing orange foliage. This is a truly magical season, especially if you can get a nice clear sky behind the trees. The mix of evergreen trees such as ferns and conifers will make great contrast with all the deciduous trees which lose their leaves every year, too. Try and have some foreground detail in your wider shots as the scene can look a little empty without it. Another way to accentuate your colours and composition is to use a bright blue or stormy sky behind them.
3. The first frost
Often, the first frost of the season strikes at the start of autumn, when some beautiful images of frosty leaves and plants can be captured. A touch of sun will make the forst sparkle but if you're shooting in to the sun, use a lens hood to minimise flare.
Photo courtsey of fraser
4. Bare trees
Nearer the end of autumn, when the trees have all lost their leaves, some very atmospheric pictures of bare trees can be captured. Without their leaves, the spiny branches can give off a spooky, baron feel, ideal in preparation for Halloween.
5. Seasonal wildlife
In autumn, try capturing some of the birds and other animals that are out at this time of year. Also in autumn, species such as geese begin to fly over for the winter. Some great images can be taken of them flying in formation.