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 5: With a shutter speed of a half second the camer was moved up and down during the exposure to create a more painterly, abstract image. Acadia NP, Maine
Tip 5: With a shutter speed of a half second the camer was moved up and down during the exposure to create a more painterly, abstract image. Acadia National Park, Maine.

5. Move That Camera

Another fun and creative technique worth experimentation is moving your camera during the exposure. Panning, rotating and racking your focus (manually rotating the focus ring) during a moderately long exposure can result in otherworldly, impressionist representations of the landscape. I like experimenting with the technique when shooting in the forest, using the vertical lines of tree trunks as strong graphic elements to anchor the composition.

The technique basically entails slowly moving the camera up or down during the exposure. You can do this handheld or with minimal tension on your ballhead. My advice is to experiment with shutter speeds in the neighborhood of ¼ second, as well as varying the speed of your camera movement. The amount of blur is completely subjective, but the slower the shutter speed, the more blur you’ll achieve, and a faster shutter speed might result in too much detail. Another tip is to put your camera on continuous shooting mode and hold the shutter release down for a sequence of shots during one up or down panning movement.

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