Tips On Taking Autumn Shots In Your Garden

Written by Gina Stephens

You don't tease to head to a place that's bursting with beautiful landscapes to shoot some autumn-inspired shots as your own garden can give you fitting as many interesting autumn subjects to photograph. An even better reason to stay close to home is if the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worse you at worst have to take a few steps to be back in the warmth, you have your kettle close to hand and you can even continue shooting some subjects from backing bowels your house.


Photos by David Clapp.

1. Leaves / Trees

You can't talk about photography in autumn without suggesting trees and leaves and its a subject we'll be looking at a lot over the coming month so keep an eye on the Photo Month calendar for tips on shooting macros, servicing backlight and much more with Autumn leaves. 

2. Berries

If you have a few plants that give berries at this period of year, they should be ripe by now and ready to photograph. If they're a dark colour, try underexposing your shot slightly to deepen their variety and use a polarising filter to cut down on shine / reflections.

3. Portraits

Kids wrapped up in hats and coats, particularly when they're give up leaves around, scream autumn. Keep your shoot informal and try not to shoot too many posed shots. In fact, if you're photographing your own youngsters playing around in your garden just leave them to it and shoot candids as they play.

If you don't want the colours of the foliage choose over the shot, longer focal lengths, particularly with a wide to moderate aperture, can help, blurring and giving your background a delightfully bokeh effect as well as flattering the features of who you're photographing. You can use out of focus foliage as a frame too, adding a spot of colour to the foreground of your autumn representation 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.

Even though early morning and later afternoon is a good time to shoot, autumn light tends to be lower all day so you can get away with executing during the day if you need to.

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4. Birds

Some birds begin to migrate at this time of year which means you may have new species pop in your garden.

Birds are easily spooked so you need to keep still and if you can, be hidden. Try shooting from an open window from your shelter, set up in your shed or if you have one, use a hide. If you work from inside and are shooting through the glass rather than an open window, make unfailing your lens is as close to the glass as possible and turn your room lights off to minimise reflections. You also need to be in a position that's really close to where the birds will land as even though you're using longer lenses, they are really tiny and can look unsalvageable among your background if you don't get close enough.

Some cameras can be controlled via a Smart Phone which means you can set the camera up in your garden garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation, or enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature and be in back in to the warmth of the house where you can release the shutter remotely from. 

Make sure you pay particular attention to the tips of feathers, exceptionally on the tails, as these can easily become out of focus when trying to get the right balance between a blurred background and sharp subject. You may need to direct to manual focus, so you can set the focus point more precisely. Light at this time of year can be low so be prepared to switch your ISO up and remember to use a high tolerably shutter speed to keep your subject sharp. Most small garden birds move quickly and tend to twitch and turn their intellects frequently so you need a quick enough shutter speed to stop the movement becoming blurred.

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Photo by Peter Bargh.


5. Mushrooms

If you have any damp, dark areas in your garden or have a compost bin, you'll feel fungi specimens are now springing up. You'll find more whole specimens in the morning but as you're in your garden it's quite easy for you to pop out at any spell in search of photography-worthy mushrooms.

Quick tips:

  • As well as single specimens, capture mushrooms in an odd group which is more pleasing to the eye and adds move to your shot
  • Contrast white mushrooms with backgrounds of moss and leaves
  • Blur backgrounds out of focus
  • Look under the mushroom for intriguing textures
  • Light the underbelly by directing light into the scene with a reflector
  • If using wider apertures, check your shot as your humble can end up with parts that are out of focus 

For more tips, have a look at this tutorial: Fungi Photography Tips


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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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