How to Photograph the beauty of Autumn Colours

How to Photograph the beauty of Autumn Colours

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Autumn offers many photographic opportunities for the beauty of his colours and moody shots and is therefore one of the favorite seasons of landscape photographers. Capturing the colours and the atmosphere of autumn is not so obvious, so in this guide we will see how to photography the beauty of the autumn colours following this 8 tips:

1. Prefer the Golden Hour

This applies as a general rule not only in autumn photography, golden hour helps to get much more vibrant and pop colors that best suit to get that perfect glow effect for fall colours

Since many autumn photos are taken in wooded environments, photographing during the golden hour in an area with very dense and closed trees can be counterproductive so in this case prefer times with the highest sun position

2. Use the Right White Balance

Usually automatic white balance is one of the most used one, automatic mode is comfortable and often reliable but this tends to flatten and neutralize the colours of the photos. To emphatize the autumn colours it would be preferable to choose a white balance using Shade mode. The light in shade is normally a little cooler than in the daylight, so this mode will add some warmth to your image

A pro tip is to use the Kelvin mode in your autumn shot, so you can adjust the temperature as your taste using live view in order to obtain more customizable results

3. Take Advantage of Fog and Clouds

Fog is that high-impact element that will incredibly help you create more atmosphere in your autumn landscapes, this because fog softens the contrasts of the scene and gives a nice depth of field. Fog is that high-impact element that will incredibly help you create more atmosphere in your autumn landscapes

Cloudy sky likewise comes to our aid, rain and overcast skies are all conditions that help to focus on the colours of the autumn composition

4. Use Polarizer Filters

In autumn photography the polarizing filters are of great help to enhance the colours and contrast, this will give you a base image more easy to start editing. Other benefits of using polarizer filters are: reduce the glare, make sky more clear, allows to using lower shutter speed in case you shot for water

5. Use the Right Lens

In landscape photography the wide angle lens is often used, but knowing how to vary the lenses according to the condition allows you to capture the best image in the right moment

In autumn photography the attention to detail is the key, that’s why I take many photos with my 70-200 telephoto. Using a telephoto will help you to focus on a single spot and better enhance the scene details

6. Natural Frame your Shots

Framing is a very effective photography composition rules, taking advantages of the colours of the foliages, the trees, rivers and rocks can be a great help to better composite your shot and emphatize the viewer’s eye on the main subject.

Playing with colours while taking advantage of natural framing completes this tip even more

7. Look for Water

Adding water in your autumn shots will add a strong element to enhance your image, imagine a lake that reflects all the beautiful autumn colors in your scene, or a waterfall that with its flow guides the viewer’s eye towards other elements of the photo

Water is in general a very strong element in landscape photography and especially in autumn photography. To get the most out of the water combine it with the golden hour for a very powerful impact effect

8. Bonus Tip

If the colors of your autumn photographs do not seem so impactfull, I suggest you download my TTS Fast Panel or my TTS Pro Panel, in both of these adobe extensions panels there is an effect to enhance the autumn colours and bring out the best of your shots

Conclusions

Autumn photography offers many photographic ideas but mostly made up of opportunities, a planning phase is fundamental as is knowing how to exploit all the changes in the light conditions. To win this challenge, take the right time to go out, experiment and you will get to photograph the best autumn photos


The Cloudsroof

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Giuseppe Sapori - The Cloudsroof

The Abbey of San Galgano is a cistercian abbey, located to thirty kilometers from Siena, in the city of Chiusdino. The site consists in a hermitage (Montesiepi Rotonda) and from the great abbey, now completely ruined and reduced to only walls.

Nevertheless the abbey of St. Galgano is not left in total decay, this abbey is the destination  of tourist flow and the place is maintained by the confraternity who is dealing. To make this shot I made 7 brackets exposures using a ND64 filter to remove people moving in the church

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I make a digital blending between the images discarding only a couple of too light frames, using luminosity masks, I adjusted the highlights and darks, some points of the abbey were very dark so with my panel I launched dodge and burn to lighten or darken the image at the points that I wanted

After adding a little ‘to contrast with the midtones masks, I stepped details and sharpen in the frame. As the last adjustments I set the color cast lowering some blue saturation in the clouds.  I hope you find this information useful, if you have any suggestions write to me, I love always hear you

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 14mm)

Seven Exposures (3;-2;-1; 0; +1;+2;+3)

ISO: 100 at f/11

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


Suspensions

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Giuseppe Sapori - Suspensions

Last of the pictures, I think 🙂 of  the series of shots taken along the walls of Dubrovnik, in this angle the walls were quite low so I tried to give the final image a vacuum down perspective. Picture taken entirely by free hand I was technically unable to put my tripod on the walls, I made 5 exposure brackets that I merged using Luminosity Masks, but I used it only 4 because being in favor of the last light was too overexposed.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF 

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 16mm)

Five Shots (-1; 0; +1)

ISO: 100 at f/7,1

Software: Photoshop CC2015


Overcast Beauty

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Giuseppe Sapori - Overcast Beauty

It continues the series of my pictures taken during my stay on the enchanting Lake Bled. In addiction on the beauty of composition of elements that this lake has to offer, the sunsets that can be seen in these place is really  among the bests I ever seen. This HDR was taken from the lake in the evening after a shooting day of many photos in the hours before around the lake.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (Shot at 14mm)

ISO: 100 at f/11

5 Shots (-1; -2; 0; +2; +1)

Software: Lightroom, Photoshop


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