Autumn Photography

Autumn photography is high on many photographers to do lists and it's easy to see why. You can get some magical photos from an autumn woodland. Go out for a crisp autumn walk and take your favourite camera with you to view and capture a myriad of colours. Vivid yellows, oranges, reds and browns as the leaves change colour on the trees before dropping off to create a patchwork of colours covering the ground. Try and capture the transition from summer to autumn by photographing trees with green as well as autumn coloured leaves on them. See if you can catch the the warmth of the suns rays as they filter their way through the trees and illuminate the woodland.
Try and capture the transition from summer to autumn by photographing trees with green as well as autumn coloured leaves on them. See if you can catch the the warmth of the suns rays as they filter their way through the trees and illuminate the woodland.
 
The often bright sun lying low in the autumn sky will create long dark shadows and deep red sunrises and sunsets as it reflects onto the clouds. Be wary of the unusually long autumn shadows creeping into your photos. Try to take the shot from an angle that omits the shadow from the field of view.

Enhancing autumn photography photos

Note the two unwanted shadows in the bottom right of the photo.
Hey Presto! They are gone after edditing with Paint Shop Pro.
A photo without shadows.
A photo with shadows
In the unedited photo on the left you can see in the bottom right hand corner two small unwanted shadows. In the edited photograph on the right - Hey Presto! the shadows are gone.
You can also use a photo editing software such as paint shop pro, photoshop elements or photoshop lightroom to enrich the colours in your autumn photography photos. It is better though to enrich them naturally. To do this take your photos in the early morning and evening sunlight which carries with it its own natural warmth. This early morning sunrise photo below was taken late in the autumn and has had no artificial colour enhancing performed on it .

An autumn sunrise by Patricia Dowton

A photo of the sunrise by Patricia Dowton
In contrast to the warm bright colours you have the stark skeletal looking trees that have dropped all their leaves and the heavy autumn mists rolling across the fields from off the rivers.
 
Autumn is also the time of year when many birds such as swallows flock together to migrate. They tend to gather over a period of a couple of days on telephone lines or power lines before flying off. It can be quite a spectacle to watch but you have to set your camera up properly to capture it. To do this you need to set your cameras shutter speed to around 1/2000th of a second or as close to this speed as your camera settings will allow. This is a very fast exposure time that will minimise blur from the movement of the birds. If you cannot set the shutter speed manually on your camera tray putting your camera into sports mode.
 
Add to this Halloween, cobwebs glistening in the the early morning dew and the first white frosts leading into the oncoming winter and you'll have plenty to point your camera at and get that finger clicking.