Capturing Autumn: Six Tips to Brighten an Autumn Day


In Britain at least autumn has arrived after a non-existent summer. I’m hoping for a few sunny days to take advantage of the natural display on offer at this time of year. I’ve shared these tips to help you make the most of autumn colour wherever you are.

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Sunny Day
Whilst they may be few and far between, shooting on a sunny day will make all the difference to your photos. Good light will show up the natural display of colours at the best and also give you bright blue skies to offset your photos. Take advantage of any nice weather that you get, the autumn colours may not last long but at their best they can be spectacular.

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Saturated Film
Choosing the right film can be important. I like a nice saturated film like Kodak Ektar 100 to make the colours pop. I have also had good luck with less in your face films like Fuji Relea 100 or Kodak Portra 400, but Ektar is my favourite for these types of photos.

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Depth of Field
Use shallow depth of field to isolate particular elements of a photo and draw the eye in; blur a foreground or background. Play with this effect as it can offer quite different results.

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Patterns, shadow and light
Make use of interesting patterns formed by leaves and how the light and dark plays with the bright colours of autumn. Patterns can also be found in the earthy tones of autumn too.

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Add some interest to static landscape shots by choosing a good location. Most of these photos were taken in the spectacular Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Not only does it have amazing plants to photograph, it also has some beautiful buildings to add a focus to your photos.

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Look for the small details
Autumn offers some beautiful sights, but some are easy to miss. The crocus below will only be in flower for a short time. Other plants are equally short lived and hard to spot.

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I hope these tips are useful. I’d love to see your favourite autumn photos linked below.

written by simonh82 on 2012-10-22 in #gear #tipster #season #select-type-of-tipster #select-what-this-tipster-is-about #autumn #art #seasonal #colour #technique


  1. hxloon
    hxloon ·

    Beautiful, I love the warm colours too!

  2. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    great photos here!

  3. troch
    troch ·

    Good tipster, great shots!

  4. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    Nice write-up! Don't forget slide film is great for autumn colours too:…

  5. romanfrozzt
    romanfrozzt ·

    I would also recommend Fujichrome Velvia 100f processed in E-6 for autumn shooting. It provides great colors and saturation too! =)

  6. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    Thanks everyone for the comments and likes. @buckshot and @romanfrozzt I did think about slide film but didn't have any autumn photos on slides. I used the last of my Velvia 50 back in spring….

  7. romanfrozzt
    romanfrozzt ·

    @simonh82 I'll upload scans from my last roll of velvia soon, maybe this evening. Come take a look! ;)

  8. voetrobin
    voetrobin ·

    very beautiful warm colours, and nice compositions ;-)

  9. nerpman
    nerpman ·

    Great pictures! I like to shoot Ektar in my Yashica-12 TLR, and your pictures have a very similar look.

  10. kolumbia
    kolumbia ·

    Absolutely lovely photos!

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