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Top 5 Little-Known Fall Photography Tips

By Rach DePaoli | Inspiration

Autumn is the perfect time of year to capture some color in your photography and the best time to do it is right when the leaves start changing. Take a look at this map to see where in the US you can find the fall leaves changing. You can travel far and wide by planning a vacation during this time of year and traveling to a place exploding with bright fall leaves, or you can stay in your own backyard and do a neighborhood photography walk.

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When you are ready to start editing your favorite fall photos, head to BeFunky’s Photo Editor for all of the fall photo editing tools. Let’s take a look at the best tips for capturing the colors of fall.

When Is the Best Time to Take Fall Photos?

Fall photography is all about planning. This season has a relatively short window, so it is important to plan ahead for the season’s timing, weather, and daylight. Take a look at these tips for how to plan your autumn photoshoot.

As the season continues, yellow leaves turn orange and then bright red before falling off the trees. When you go during the early season, there is a variety of colors coming from the fall scenery, creating some dramatic landscapes. 

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It looks especially amazing with the fresh green colors of Summer still coming through and colliding with Autumn. Going early also ensures that the brightly-colored leaves are on the trees rather than littering the ground below.

5 Tips for Capturing the Best Fall Photos

Whether you are high up or low to the ground, angles are everything when capturing fall photos. 

1. Use a Macro Lens or Zoom In

Capturing the colorful textures of fall can be as beautiful as a vast landscape. The way to do this is with a macro lens or by using the zoom on your camera with a shallow depth of field.

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If you don’t have a macro lens, you can also set up a worm-eye view photo by getting low to the ground. Try finding a small mushroom buried under the leaves to capture a unique photo. 

2. Try a New Point of View

Travel to a high-up place via hiking or a drone to capture the landscape below from a different angle. When you do this, you can see the changing colors and also see a completely different array of textures that you wouldn’t normally get from standing on the ground and taking a photo at eye level.

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3. Capture Reflections for a Unique Effect

Try taking a photo of the foliage being reflected in a nearby body of water. The mirrored effect helps to amplify the colors of fall. Doing this also helps to enhance the composition of your image. To avoid light reflections that cause high-exposure areas of the image, these photos are best on overcast days or when the sun is low in the sky, either in the early morning or evening. 


4. Avoid Windy Days

When taking fall foliage photos, the goal is to keep things sharp and vibrant. But with the blustery Autumn wind, your photos can come out blurry and unfocused due to the excess movement. That being said, if you want to take photos of other scenes, you can use the wind to your advantage with the falling leaves blurring the foreground of your image. Play around with your style a bit and see which you like better.

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To clarify and increase the crispness of your fall photos, be sure to check out BeFunky's Clarity and Sharpen tools.

5. Take Advantage of Golden Hour

Lighting is the most crucial aspect of photography and you can use it to your advantage. Capturing the light seeping through the golden leaves can create an effect that looks like nature’s stained glass. To achieve this, be sure to go out during golden hour when the sun is leaking through the trees.

But if you missed the opportunity, check out the Lens Flare tool to create a faux golden hour effect.

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However, if you are going for something more moody, go the opposite route and try taking photos during an overcast day. For a more dramatic effect, BeFunky has a ton of color tools to edit the temperature, exposure, and more to fit the mood perfectly.

Follow These Tips for Stunning Fall Photos

Time to go out and shoot the colors of Autumn and then edit your new landscape photos with BeFunky’s Photo Editor. Whether you are traveling someplace new or taking photos right around your neighborhood, just remember to have fun.

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