This time of year, I love looking at photos of fall foliage. It brings me back to when I was a child and young adult, enjoying football games, hot apple cider, raking the leaves into a pile to jump in, pumpkin carving, apple picking, and all of the other delights of fall. Since moving to Florida, I haven’t been able to enjoy the sights and smells of the changing leaves, and it’s something that I definitely miss!
Taking photos in the fall is a different experience than doing so in the summer. The breathtaking backdrop of even mundane places, like your backyard or the neighborhood park, can become the focus of the photo. Also, the scarlets, golds, oranges and browns mixed with the bright blue skies of October make a photo op that’s hard to pass up! Here are some tips on taking great photos of your family this fall:
- Shoot off center. Most of the time, parents tend to put their kids front-and-center in photographs. When the scenery is stunning, though, try to capture the kids off to the side; this gives a good view of the background, which is half of the point when taking pictures amidst the gorgeous fall foliage.
- Try to get the trees when they’re between you and the sun. This will make the colors really pop. Read your camera’s owner’s manual to see all of the different settings that you can play with in order to maximize the color saturation.
- Dress the kids in bright colors, but avoid matching the shades of the leaves in the photo. Pale colors won’t look good against the backdrop of the warm hues of fall.
- Take photos of the kids enjoying the splendor of fall. Whether they’re trying to pick up a giant pumpkin, standing in line for a hayride, taking a bite out of a freshly picked apple or drinking hot chocolate with rosy cheeks after an afternoon spent in the crisp air, these experiences will become treasured memories in years to come.
- Snap pictures while you have the chance. An early frost or a stiff wind can cut leaf-peeping season short, so carry your camera with you wherever you go. If you see something photo-worthy, take the opportunity to get a shot now, because the colors will likely be different tomorrow.
- Try to get some close-ups. These take practice, but even if they’re not perfect, some close-up shots of mums, leaves, pumpkins or wildlife will make you smile as you look over your photos in the coming months.
- Take your holiday photo now! You won’t have to scramble around for an appealing background if you’re outside in October taking photographs. Get everyone together and take some pictures, then choose one for your holiday cards!
Even if you’re a budding photographer, you can enjoy a lot of success when you use the natural surroundings of autumn as your backdrop. Experiment and enjoy!