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7 quick and easy tips for your best colorful autumn photos

written by gregor September 6, 2017
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Every autumn, nature puts on a brilliant show of color in many parts of Europe. From bright yellows to vibrant reds, in fall the leaves transform, showing their rich and vibrant hues. From the northern countries to the meditereean states, the foliage season begins in early September in the northern regions and ends in southern locations in November.

Every year, travelers flock to these areas to photograph the fall foliage and catch a glimpse of nature’s splendor.

Here are my Top 7 quick and easy photography Tips for your colorful autumn photos:

Please check also my Autumn photography Blog posts

Schönbrunn Palace  Vienna – wonderful autumn photo inspirations (CLICK)

Vienna Stadtpark – colorful autumn photo inspirations (CLICK)

1.Do not get discouraged of bad weather

Fall color offers up some unique opportunities to photograph brilliant colors in snow, rain, sleet and wind. So always check your local weather forecasts before your shoot.
Be prepared for anything – fall is one of those seasons that can throw rain, sun, and snow at you all on the same day.

2.Visit your local public parks

Most of the cities web pages offer you an overview of public parks you can visit. Here in Vienna please see the list of public parks.  Especially recommended is to visit your local Japanese gardens Here is the  summary  of the Japanese Gardens in Vienna, Highlight, of course, the Setagayapark

Here are a few tips for catching and shooting the parks in their prime.

  • Look for the Japanese Maples! Shooting up ‘inside’ of these gorgeous trees can give them a whole new perspective and can offer up some amazing possibilities in terms of composition.
  • Include the architecture- don’t be afraid to photograph the bridges, pagodas and other structures in the garden.
  • Go early or late- these gardens tend to get very crowded, so go around sunset or sunrise (depending on the garden’s hours) to avoid the people and other photographers.
  • Look for abstract and macro possibilities in the garden- colors, patterns, and structures can offer a seemingly endless amount of compositional choices.
  • Bring a wide selection of lenses this can help you to expand your creativity.

3.Shoot falling leaves

Fall foliage doesn’t last forever, but even the falling leaves can add interest and color to your images.
One of my favorite things to shoot just after the fall color has peaked are the leaf-covered driveways, streams, and trails that seem to be everywhere after the leaves have begun to fall. The fallen leaves can not only add texture and color to your images, but they can also convey motion and help to form leading lines in your composition.

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4. Be creative – Experiment

Fall offers a unique opportunity to try new techniques and new perspectives.

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…….and remember to grab a couple good leaves to capture glorious flatlines

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5. Color is key

Color is what needs to stand out in your fall photos, so you should consider using the vibrant mode setting on your camera if it’s available. If your camera is not equipped with this setting you can increase saturation to achieve the same effect.

Whatever you do: DO NOT OVERSATURATE. Nature is beautiful as it is. It does not require too much “pop”. PLEASE !!!

6. Photograph around sunrise and sunset for the best light and color.

The first and last hours of sun during the day (the times right around both sunrise and sunset) have a brilliant quality to the light that can yield fantastic photos.  There’s just something about the soft, golden light around this time (which brings out the reds and golds in your photos) that you can’t help but adore.

7. Smartphone Photo Editing Tips

If you are shooting with your Smartphone I have summarized the photo Editing Apps and tips in THIS Blogpost (Click)

 

Share your most inspirational autumn photo on INSTAGRAM!!

Now it is your turn. I will do a special BLOG post about the most inspirational autumn photos on Instagram End of October.

Please use the Instagram Hashtag  #autumnlover to have a chance to get featured by theviennablog.com

Here are some inspirations. Thanks so much!

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