Techniques For Fall Color Photography

No matter where you live or travel this fall season, try these 10 creative techniques to make your best autumn images yet
Tip 1: Vibrant red maple leaves illuminated by early morning back-light in the green mountains, Middlesex, Vermont
Tip 1: Vibrant red maple leaves illuminated by early morning back-light in the green mountains, Middlesex, Vermont.

1. Backlight For Foliage That Pops

Light is the medium we use to paint our photographic masterpieces and is a critical component to their success. While sidelight is great for revealing texture and definition in the landscape, my favorite light for autumn foliage is often backlight. Since the red, orange and yellow leaves of autumn are translucent and light passes through them when backlit, the result is often an explosion of luminance and color.

All too often, people shy away from shooting backlit subjects. Yes, the light can be intense and contrasty, but the payoff of bold vibrant color that pops is well worth the attempt. When shooting backlit scenes, it’s important to watch for lens flare, taking care to shade the front element of the lens with a lens hood, your hand or perhaps the bill of your cap. Watch your exposures, as often you’ll need to open up a bit using exposure compensation if shooting in aperture priority.

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