31 Oct Autumn Photography
Autumn Photography – by Ben Hoppen
Autumn is the season to explore colour photography, the mixed weather conditions create a vibrant and contrasting colour pallet like no other. Early mornings transcend into a misty facade and the morning dew shimmers across the landscape. We’ve captured the warm, natural colours in the leaves in the second edition of our seasonal photography feature – Autumn Photography.
Making the most of this season we decided to embrace what the Autumn scenery has to offer and head into Epping Forest. Epping Forest is a place rich in history; it was once where Queen Victoria proclaimed this as the ‘peoples forest’.
The Autumn Photography tips
Planning your Autumn photography shoot is essential. Next is executing that plan. Below are points that will help you structure your plan to carry out the shoot.
To begin, we would recommend researching Autumn photography pictures. For inspiration, take a look at this gallery by photographer Mickey Shannon on ‘Autumn Colours‘.
The location is key in capturing your ideal Autumn photography image. For example, I would definitely recommend a location with an abundance of plant life and trees. This sets the scene to show the rich colours of the seasonal change. To emphasize the rich plant life that our British forests boast, we have listed a few examples from our recent outing.
Time of Day
This one is down to you. Deciding the time of day of your Autumn photography shoot really depends on what you want for the shot. In the morning there’s a chance of capturing early morning mist for a dramatic effect. On the other hand, there is sunrise and sunset, where you have the chance to add warm colours and real stillness to the image.
Depth of Field
In terms of depth of field, if you want to shoot a landscape we would recommend the image to look as sharp as possible. To achieve this you must use a small aperture, such as numbers from f16-f22. In contrast, if you wanted to gain the opposite effect where the image is close up and the depth of field is shallow. The apertures you’re looking for would be from f1.8-f4. Below we include examples of Autumn photography landscapes we have taken with both large and small apertures.
Capture the Colour
Autumn photography never disappoints when it comes to the warm colours that nature provides us. You could capture the vibrancy of the golden hour either before or after the sun rises and sets. What’s also available is the close-up shots of the leaves scattered around the forest floor contrasting with the trees to create an abstract landscape.
We’ve been out there to capture the season. Now it’s your turn to reap the rewards that Autumn has to offer!
For more photography tips see our Manual Mode article.