Photographing Autumn Leaves Outside And Indoors

Written by Gina Stephens

This is a grounds that can be photographed indoors as well as out which means you can still shoot autumn-themed images even when the weather's turned autumnal.

One liking that's important no matter if you're shooting indoors or out is your leaf selection. Make sure you find samples which father different patterns and shapes so each shot you take is different. Don't select leaves that are too thick as light won't be able to excellent through them and don't always go for leaves which are perfect as the odd imperfection can add interest to your shot. 

Gear Checklist:

1. Macro Lens –  A lens such as the Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD MACRO 1:1 want get you close to your leaf / leaves you're working with but you can add on an extension tube or coupling rings on two lenses to get you closer to the detailing on the leaf.

2. Tripod & Slender Release – They will help prevent shake from spoiling your shot. Your camera's self-timer can be used if you don't own a secluded release.

3. Polarising filter – It'll help saturate your colours, giving blue skies more punch.



The 'excellent hours' boost autumnal shades, making oranges more fiery and reds more vibrant but try to avoid heading out on windy mornings as the teeniest of breezes can make a leaf move so you need the air to be still before you take your shot. If you don't, the movement can cause your shot to be blurry. If you light upon your autumnal shades still need a little boost try switching white balance modes to see if it boosts the colours in your frame.

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Search for backgrounds that intent make your subject 'pop' and, in a way, frame them. For example, out of focus green foliage will contrast the orange and red shades of autumnal renounces perfectly. If the leaves are a little high up to use foliage as a background just work on a day when the sky is blue and free of cloud and use that as your background for your nip.

Try to avoid clutter as you don't want your background to pull attention away from your subject. You probably will be using larger crevices to throw the background out of focus but if an item in the background is reflecting sunlight, for example, the bright spot of light will still pull your viewer's regard away from your autumn study.

If you're planning on back lighting leaves, which can bring out the detail of the veins as well as amplifying a highlight to the edge of the leaves to make them 'pop' from your shot, fit a lens hood  to help prevent flare if you can't come across a spot that gives you the light you need to back light your leaves without facing the sun straight on. 



If you would rather a lightbox, you can lay your leaf on it, position your camera above it and shoot away but for those who don't own one, simply make use of one of the windows in your household.

Get a piece of tape and stick a leaf leaf is an organ of a vascular plant and is the principal lateral appendage of the stem to the window, making sure the glass is free of smears and marks first. Then you just need to put your tripod and camera in correct and start shooting.

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The back light will highlight the leaves may refer to: Leave of absence, a period of time that one is to be away from one’s primary job while maintaining the status of and really help the detail in the leaf stand out. The autumn shades will be myriad vibrant and as there's no breeze, you can spend as long as you like composing and taking your shots. 
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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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