FOR THe love of autumn

Autumn is the perfect season for photographers looking to capture some stunning colourful landscapes, portraiture and wildlife. Autumn photography is arguably quite easy since everything looks so beautiful it’s almost impossible to take a bad picture. Having said that it’s always worth trying to improve your photography skills and maximising the chances of taking the best Autumn photos. So here are a few of my tips on how to take photos during Autumn!

1) Timing

Jesmond Dene, Newcastle
Jesmond Dene, Newcastle

Plan your autumn photoshoot during peak Autumn time depending on which country you live in. For example, I feel Autumn in the UK comes a bit later than the rest of Europe. I usually like taking photos near the end of October for the warm yellow tones and then beginning of November for the red burnt tones.

2) use social media

Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale
Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale

Follow the place you’re going to on social media. Often they’ll share daily updates on how well the autumn colours are coming on. When I was planning my trip to Thorp Perrow Arboretum I did just that to make sure I planned my trip for when the colours were at their best!

3) local Parks and gardens

Leazes Park, Newcastle

Explore parks and gardens near you. Often you might find just one specific area in a park which has been blessed with autumn colour even though the rest of the park isn’t. Use that spot for your shoot!

4) editing autumn photos

Editing autumn photos – the trick is increase focus on the oranges and yellows. Depending on which software you’re using, increase the saturation of oranges and yellows and increase the temperature to provide for a warm tone to the photo. You can also try decreasing the saturation of colours like green and blue but I personally feel this can give the picture a bit of an unnatural look!

5) portraits

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

For those looking to do portrait shoots like myself, wear colours that match the Autumn theme like oranges, yellows and reds. They can add to the warmth of the photo and provide for that real autumn feel. Having said that I feel most colours will go well with Autumn and ofcourse the best outfits and colours are the ones you feel most comfortable in!

6) taking ideas from social media

Check out other autumn shoots on social media. My go to place is Pinterest which I feel showcases the best and most creative photoshoot ideas. Instagram is also a great place, try following a blogger who’s posting autumn photos to get some inspiration! By checking the shots other photographers have taken you can get an idea of what your own photo may look like. The above photo of my friend was very much inspired by other bloggers and all their leaf throwing action

7) be outside often

Be outside often. I can’t emphasise on this point enough. The trick to capturing Autumn colours is to ensure you’re outside often and with your camera so that you don’t miss a sudden burst of sunlight or a beautiful patch of leaves you’ve spotted on your way home from work. Ever since I started taking photos with my mobile I’ve been more flexible with my photography and been able to capture moments which I otherwise maybe wouldn’t have.

8) autumn photography project ideas

And finally some ideas for autumn photography projects, essentially things that you can take photos of during Autumn to create that perfect autumn album:

  1. Portraits
  2. Nature and landscapes
  3. Wildlife
  4. Reflections
  5. Morning mist
  6. Close up of leaves
  7. Fireworks
  8. Pumpkins

So here you go, some ideas to get you started on taking some of your very own autumn photos! I started photography whilst I was at university and ironically it was during autumn that I bought my first camera and actually started self teaching myself photography. Maybe it was something about the beauty of this season that made me want to capture it, either ways my passion for capturing the world has only deepened and I’ve never looked back since.

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