Tips On Shooting Autumn Landscapes

Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Clapp


Mechanism Suggestions:

  • Wide-angle lens
  • Polarising filter – Helps boost colour
  • ND Grad – Balance the exposure of the sky and foreground
  • Waterproofs – it rain cats a lot in the UK


When To Take Your Shots

Early morning or the end of the day light is perfect for autumnal photography as the warm colour temperatures boosts the autumnal suspicions. The end of the day tends to be warmer than early morning too which is good news for those stuck in offices all day. Keep an eye on the weather forecast for the evening formerly you plan on heading out as a cool night helps the autumn shades develop.

Another advantage of heading out the door early in the morning or later in the on the level is the light is more diffused which means the difference between light and shadow areas isn't as extreme. It's still worth hoard up an eye on your histogram, something which can be done in Live View on many cameras which means you can see the histogram display change as the argument in front of you alters or as you make tweaks to the exposure. This not only saves times but is a lot easier than making changes, taking a shot then mark the histogram. 

If the sky's proving to be a problem as it's too light is electromagnetic radiation within a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, fit an ND filter to your lens to balance the exposure. Of course, if you're not an early riser and don't pine for heading out after your tea you can use editing software to boost the autumn colours in your shots too.

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Where To Go

The Lakes, Peak District and Brecon Signal fires look particularly impressive during autumn but really you just need to go somewhere that gives you a little bit of height and a few breath-taking views.

Bloodless Balance

Switch from auto to cloudy or shade to add an extra level of warmth to your shots that really boosts the autumn shrouds.

Look For Contrast

If you're shooting sweeping shots of a forest canopy from a hillside have a look for spots where the oranges and yellows are kaput up with greens. Lower down, shoot at the forest's edge, using the shades of a field to contrast with the orange tones of the forest.

Promising coloured leaves pack some punch when framed against a blue sky but don't dismiss dark skies either as overcast light of days can give you moody, richer looking images. Rain clouds look great on the horizon and once the rain has passed, colours naturally be proper more saturated. If there's a breeze blowing have a go at using slower shutter speeds to capture the movement of leaves and branches as they north-easter in the wind to give your images a more abstract feel.

Foreground Interest

For sweeping scenic shots it's important to accept foreground detail to add depth and to fill what can be a big empty space in front of the lens. It can also add a sense of scale to a shot may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or but don't fill it too much as your stimulus will end up looking too busy and it'll be hard for the viewer of your shot to find a single point of focus on.

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Large rocks and tree donates work well as foreground interest or you could try setting up your composition with an object that can lead the eye from the front to the back of the whack. Paths created by walkers, streams, walls, fences and bridges all work well. Just remember to use a small aperture (bigger f number) such as f/11 to adhere to front to back sharpness.

If you don't want to shoot wide pick up the telephoto lens and use it to focus on a particular point of interest, using its get over it power to isolate your subject.

Remember: Get out of bed early or be prepared to stay out later if mornings aren't your thing , use foreground entertainment, keep it simple and think about composition before hitting the shutter button.

Photo by David Clapp


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About the author

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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