Fall is an amazing time of the year for both amateur and professional photographers… the beautiful yellow/orange/red landscapes, the misty mornings, the crispy air. It is truly a great season to get your camera out and go capture the seasonal beauty. These easy to remember tips will definitely help to improve your shots…
Focus on a Unique Subject
The first tip is to find a subject that is unique. Once you have your unique subject, then think about how close to the subject that you can get. Move your feet when possible, instead of relying on the zoom on the camera.
Put the Subject in a Corner
Secondly, remember to look at your viewfinder as a “tic-tac-toe board”. In your mind’s eye, draw the board over the viewfinder. Instead of centering the subject in the middle of your viewfinder, put it on one of the places where two lines cross.
Avoid Distracting Backgrounds
Now that you have a subject and have it positioned in the viewfinder, then look at the background. Is there anything distracting about the background? If you find something distracting, then what can you do about it? You may have several choices to line up your perfect fall photo. Some possible choices include:
- Shoot lower
- Shoot higher
- Move to the right
- Move to the left
- Move the subject
- Move the distraction
Use the “Golden Hour”
It is important to watch the position of the sun when shooting your photos. You want the sun behind you when you shoot almost all photos. If you have a choice, then shoot the first hour after the sun comes up in the morning and the last hour before the sun goes down in the evening. These two hours are known as the golden hours in the world of photography and there is something magical about the light during those two hours.
Use Lines to Set Emotions
Make unusual lines your friends. Look at the lines in your subject. Vertical lines help to give your photo a sense of height and dignity. Horizontal lines are calming and relaxing. Diagonal lines give a sense of motion and power. Think about what emotion you want your fall photo to portray and see what lines you can emphasize in your photo to help portray that emotion.
The Power of a Leading Line
One of the most powerful lines in a photo is a leading line. A leading line draws the viewer’s eyes into the photo. It starts in the corner of a photo and runs at a diagonal through the photo. Researchers have found that a viewer will look at an average photo for two seconds before moving on, but if the photo has a leading line, then they will look at the photo for six seconds.
Record the beauty of fall with your camera. The vivid colors of fall and the cooler temperatures makes a great time to go out and play!