Fall Colors Make Beautiful Images
The Autumn months have always been my favorite time of the year. I love the crispness in the air and especially enjoy taking in the colors of the season…bright oranges, brilliant reds, intense yellows! It all comes together for wonderful photo opportunities. Composing fall photographs is fairly easy. Consider what you want your viewers to see – an array of color, individual leaves, a nature scene, or perhaps an image that defines the changing seasons like a leaf falling from the tree, or settling into the water. When setting up your image, try to crop out distracting items like street lamps, directional signs, vehicles and buildings. Some structures – like covered bridges, walkways or old fences – may enhance your photograph so be sure to include them where possible. If you are working with a digital SLR camera, take multiple frames of the same shot, adjusting the angle, zooming in and out, and experimenting with different settings (speed, ISO, aperture). The beauty of digital photography is that you can always delete extra images! Taking portraits during the Autumn months is also great fun! The sun is less intense than during the summer, providing very flattering light for your subjects. For portraits, use the details of the leaves for inspiration. Dress a little girl in orange and place her against a background of red and green maple leaves. Use a soft brown hat to frame the face of a little girl standing in a sunflower patch. Dress a little boy in a bright red tie for the same patch of sunflowers. Mix and match autumn colors for outdoor family portraits. But my favorite thing about shooting portraits in Fall? Look at the fun these girls are having with the leaves! Put them in a pile or grab a big armful – the fallen leaves make a great prop and provide endless fun for children (and lots of adults, too). Every season provides unique opportunities for memorable photographs. Autumn’s light and fabulous color provide something just a little extra special.