How To Capture The Warmth Of Autumn

Just imagine if you were looking at a photo of flowers and could inhale the scent of the beautiful blooms... Photography might not be able to transmit smells (yet!) but it can definitely transmit a range of feelings and emotions. What you capture through your lens can have a real impact on the viewer and transport them to a different time and place. Autumn has its special power - photos of this wonderful season are associated with warm yellows, fiery oranges and deep reds (even though mostly found on the South Island) but they also evoke the feelings of warmth and comfort... Wrapping up warm against the Southerlies, sipping a hot chocolate or coffee snuggled up on the sofa whilst reading a book, or crunching your way through the undergrowth on a nature walk.

Read on for few tips on how to make the best of your Autumn photography shots:

1. Timing Is King

You need to time it right to capture the leaves in all their golden glory but the time of the day you shoot is also crucially important - Autumn is one of the rare occasions when it is good to photograph in bright sunlight. Position your camera opposite the sunlight with foliage in front of your camera so the sun shines through the leaves or adds a "star" light to your photo. Light coming in from the side will also give you a wonderful effect - For this, try to photograph in the early morning or right before sunset to get a nice warm natural hue.

By Matthias Heil

2. Get Close

Fall foliage is great for close-ups and macro shots - Don't get overwhelmed with the big picture, pick up a leaf from the ground and you will marvel at how many colours it contains! Look for a leaf that is halfway through its colour change or seek out mushrooms - They are very photogenic!

By Thomas Millot

By Sandra Frey

3. Shoot in RAW

Shooting in RAW will allow you to easily make the beautiful colours pop off the screen. Don't try to take a perfect photo on the spot (although it will be really cool if you can) - as long as you have your exposure, light and scenery right - everything else can be done in front of your computer when you get home.

By Aaron Burden

4. Focus on color

Autumn means it's easy to add splashes of colour into a photo - use it to frame the composition and make your images come alive. Look for a bright orange tree and a perfect blue sky or capture beautiful yellow foliage against a cloudless blue sky.

By Val Vesa

5. Go The Extra Mile

In terms of distance and creativity! It is hard to take a unique photo if you are shooting from everyone else's perspective. Never be afraid to walk a few steps further or try different compositions to find your own unique style for Autumn photography. Good luck!

By Oscar Blair

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