How to photograph autumn

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This is my tutorial on capturing the best autumn/fall foliage. I hope that in the short time it takes to read this that the few words will inspire you to get outside to photograph autumn.


But you'll need to be quick as the season is so short.



Did you know that light and weather can give your photos a more authentic autumnal look?





photograph autumn - foliage in Perthshire Scotland


How to Photograph Autumn

  • It's best to photograph autumn in overcast light as it gives more vibrancy to your images. Plus you don't have any harsh shadows or blown out highlights to worry about.
  • I'd also suggest using a polariser for good foliage colour saturation. 

But there's an exception...

  • Golden hour in the morning or evening is a great time to get out with your camera.  At that time of day your photos can take on some sheer drama with the light. Just make sure that you do exposure blending or use a ND filter on your camera.
  • I usually take a little bag of colourful leaves with me on a shoot. You never know when you'll need a few extra leaves to give a good composition.
  • Then there are those wet leaves which are much more vibrant than the dry ones as the moisture saturates the colours. You can even use a long exposure up to 10 mins in moon light to give the photograph a sense of surreal.
  • Furthermore mist, fog and frost are another great facet to add to your autumn photography portfolio.
  • Along with doing slow shutter photography around water and falling leaves.
  • Moreover using a lens between apertures f1.4 and f2.8 will give you great bokeh too.
  • Change your perspective and get down low to photograph the foliage and toadstools.
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Rosie is a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at one of Scotland's only photography galleries - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.

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5 Responses

  1. Diana Taylor

    Stunningly beautiful! As soon as the weather dries up I will be out looking for autumn colours – your photograph is truly inspiring.

  2. Kimberly

    This is gorgeous! Sadly, our autumn leaves are mostly gone by now. There are a few trees hanging onto their leaves, but most are bare by now. I will keep the tips in mind for next year though.