“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”--Matt Hardy
“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.” --Diane Arbus
When it comes to photography, it’s all about what you see and how you see, and being able to translate that vision into a picture. I am going to share some tips and ideas for capturing Fall/Autumn wherever you may live. Most of these tips are achievable whether you have a fancy DSLR, a small point and shoot, or your handy camera phone!
*When should you photograph?--Ideally, the best of light can be found early in the morning (around sunrise) or in the evening (sunset)--also known as the “golden hour”. Be aware that midday sun can create harsh lighting and shadows on your subjects.
*Go BIG--Think landscapes, bridges, sports stadiums, etc. Capture the big picture.
*Get close--Create visual interest. Be thinking of smaller details such as leaves, pine cones, berries on trees, etc. Changing your point of view and capturing the smallest of details adds interest and variety to photos. Even the smallest of things can have a big impact.
*Reflections--This is an element of interest you can capture regardless of if it is cool or hot, colorful or not in your area. Reflections in water are like mirrors! You can capture blue skies and fluffy clouds or maybe your child or pet looking in a mud puddle!
*Play with light! You can capture sun streaming through trees on leaves or create a silhouette shot or glowing appearance to your subject depending on your focus point. Experimenting with the direction of lighting is a fun way to capture photographs!
*It’s not just about the leaves!-- Think of what you love to capture...favorite foods, books, a pair of boots, scarves, Back to School activities or festivals, home decor, being at sporting events with friends, sipping tea or coffee, etc. Write down things you love, then go photograph them!
The key is having fun and lots of practice! You never know what you might capture by just going out and experimenting!!