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