Time for Eindhoven to show off its glorious autumn colours in all the trees that adorn our city. Here are a few tips on how to photograph autumn.
Photographing autumn colours
Autumn is perhaps the most photogenic season of the year. It features misty mornings, fiery sunsets and rich oranges and reds in the trees before the leaves fall and cover the landscape. Later in the season you see dew drops on the undergrowth and the first night frost when we move to October and November.
Opportunities to make autumn photos are often fleeting, because a change in the weather can cause the leaves to fall within a few days and, if the days get shorter, the time you have to photograph in daylight is limited, with rains that you have to spoil shoots.
But with a little patience and good planning you can make beautiful autumn photos that make all your effort worthwhile.
I take you on ways to maximize your autumn shooting opportunities and get the best out of the season.
Autumn photos: Capture autumn colours
The most striking facet of autumn photos is the distinctive color: the rich warm tones and the range of brown, red and orange.
This abundance of warm tones can cause great damage to automatic white balance systems and in the same way as sunsets it can ultimately look too cool toned. It is therefore important to use the pre-set Sunny White Balance, especially when recording in JPEG – since raw files can be easily corrected during processing.
To increase the richness of the colors, you can also select the cloudy preset or increase the color temperature when processing your Raw files.
Autumn photos: locations
Because the changing color of leaves is the main focus in most autumn shots, it is worth finding a location that not only has an abundance of trees, but also a whole range of different plants to show a wide range of tones create image, from green to green. brown and red.
Different types of trees will change color differently and at different times, while others will retain their full green throughout the year and give a broad spectrum in your scene.
Apart from heavily forested areas, it is also worthwhile to view more urban or residential areas with trees, or local parks that will also provide people in your scene.
How to shoot Autumn photos: golden hour mist
Daylight hours begin to decrease rapidly as the autumn progresses, so you need to make sure your timing is right.
The shorter days can really help, because they get up in time for the morning light and do not stay out before sunset, a much less heavy undertaking. These are the best times for photography at any time of the year, but especially in October and November they offer an even more impressive potential.
Early morning mist is more common and this can help create a great atmosphere for your images as the sun passes through. In the evenings, sunsets can heat your image even more to complement the redness.
The ‘golden hour’ refers to the optimal time for photography that occurs at the dawn of day and at dusk when the sun is shining in the air and is often still hidden behind the horizon and gives a soft, warm light.