More Photographing Tips
By Alex Carrier
Though I lay no claim to being a professional photographer, here are some things I have found work for me.
Use a digital camera on the highest resolution setting. This will give you the best result if you choose to do an editing later.
Get a memory card with LOTS of memory. Take LOTS of photos. Even professional photographers take many photographs to get that perfect one you see in the end.
Spend a day experimenting. Take notes so you know what you did with each photograph to discover what works best for you.
Use adjacent structures to highlight the color of the leaves. Brightly hued leaves look even brighter when photographer next to the gray-brown trunk of a tree. Yellow leaves pop when positioned in front of a brick or stone structure.
Squint. It sounds funny and you look funny but it gives you a good idea of how the colors, hues, shadow and light will appear in your picture. It is a really good way to see if you are going to get the color contrast you want.
Get up close and personal. Zoom in on the picture within the picture. Show the color variation and veins within the leaf. Show the dappled dots of light along a branch or the woodland floor. Capture the creatures among the leaves - an ant, a toad, even deer can give extra life to your photograph.
Don't look for perfect foliage. Look for a picture that means something to you. If you can't touch your own mind and heart with what you photograph, you will not be able to reach others with your work.
For more tips, try these helpful links:
How to Photograph Fall Foliage (PDF) from Arlington Camera
Laconia & Weirs Beach Foliage Viewing (and photographing) tips
Fall Foliage Photography Tips from the
New York Institute of Photography
BEST TIP EVER!!!
Don't be so involved in getting the perfect photo that you forget to enjoy the real thing. Fall foliage (and all nature) is made for first person enjoyment as often as possible. Having a great narrative to go along with your photo makes sharing the experience even more memorable. Alex Carrier