I know that the leaves are changing around parts of the USA. Because many of you have contacted me with questions about how to shoot the colorful leaves. Here are some quick tips.
1. Fall color looks better when it’s wet. Wait for a rain or bring some spray bottles full of water (and gelatin) and you can make the leaves look great.
2. Shoot with a circular polarizer on your lens. The polarizer helps cut through the glare that reduces the contrast and color in the leaves.
3. Use slow shutter speeds to blur leaves moving through streams.
4. Shoot backlit trees and tree branches using HDR techniques.
5. Shoot wide open to throw the background out of focus – bringing the viewer’s attention to the leaves.
6. Pan with blowing leaves to introduce a different kind of motion in your images.
7. Make your photos early in the morning or late in the afternoon around sunrise and sunset. This “golden” light will enhance your images.
Whatever you do get off the couch and go shoot. This is a great time of the year to get your camera out of the bag and record some new memories.