Fall is a wonderful time of year for picture-taking. The warmth and beauty of the season is the perfect (and fleeting) opportunity to try your hand at a bit of nature photography.
Here are some tips for capturing those amazing fall colors:
Go wide. Use a wide-angle view to capture a broad swath of the fall landscape to capture a feel for the time of year and to put the changing colors in context with the overall change in seasons.
Take advantage of the golden hours. On clear, cloudless days shoot early in the morning or late in the day to take advantage of the amazing colors that the low-lying sun can bring out on in the crisp autumn weather.
Shoot in overcast weather. Shooting in bright sunlight can cast harsh shadows and can even make those amazing fall colors look less vibrant. Instead, opt to shoot on overcast days. If it’s gray and overcast, you will find that the brilliant fall colors look amazing contrasted against that gray sky. Bright and cloudy days are even better because the clouds diffuse and soften the sunlight, eliminating harsh shadows and helping to the colors in your photos look rich and saturated.
Add interest.Make use of stark tree limbs or leaf-covered roads as natural framing and/or leading lines to draw your viewer into the picture.
Go low. Try aiming your camera down over the ground covered with fallen leaves to create a patterned, mosaic-type image.
Work your exposure. If your camera has exposure bracketing, use it to see the effect of exposure on the rendering and saturation of colors in your images.
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We've seen how managing the ISO setting allows you to control the amount of grain that shows in your photos. But it does more than that. Understanding and working with the ISO setting gives us added flexibility in terms of setting the other two exposure settings–aperture and shutter speed.
The bottom line is that ISO is an important and useful tool, and one that you will want to be comfortable with if you are looking to take creative control of your exposure.