1/100 at f/2.0 ISO 160 24mm - I put the leaf on the fern

For us Northern hemisphere folks the leaves, they are a changing.   Here are some quick tips for making the most of this photography wise.

1.  If you have a camera that accepts filters purchase a Polarizer.  I have written about and illustrated the effects of a CP(circular polarizer) previously. Take a moment and look that over.  Be careful not to over due it and get unnaturally dark blue skies.

2. Shoot during the golden hour(s) – Around sunrise and sunset and at the very least avoid the high noon, the bright sun is just going to wash out the colors, to counteract you can try to underexpose a bit but if you really want photos that ellicit the “ooohs” and “ahhhs” you are going to need to make the effort to shoot at the best times of the day.  Another benefit of the morning and evening times, more likely to miss the crowds if visiting/photographing popular places.

3. Gray and or rainy days also offer excellent photo opportunities.  Get in close to your colors, leaves etc – the soft even light from a gray sky can be excellent for capturing Fall, just avoid getting much of the flat boring sky in your photos.

4. Related to #3 – get in close, instead of trying to capture a forest of colors, focus (pun intended – sorry!) on a single leaf.

5. Don’t be afraid to MAKE a photo.  If you find a beautiful leaf on an ugly background pick it up and place it somewhere else.


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