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Tips to help you photograph the colours of autumn

Posted: 22 October 2019

Autumn photography

Autumn is one of the most photographic seasons, creating plentiful opportunities for those who enjoy working with colours and moody days evoked by partial cloud cover. The varying colours and textures of the fallen leaves, the weather (not too cold or rainy), combined with less tourists are some of the reasons why autumn is a favoured season for many a photographer.

The changing colours of autumn only last a few weeks, so be prepared with your equipment and know what you want to shoot to ensure you don’t miss out on the chance of taking some of your best pictures of the year.

Here are a few tips on how to improve your autumn photography skills:

  1. Photograph reflections in the water 

Shooting early or late on a sunny day is the best time to take reflection photographs. The different colours reflected in water will help create a spectacular abstract autumn photo. You want the flora that you are reflecting to be in the sun, and the water to be in the shade. By complementing and blending these two types of light, you will discover beautiful colours.

  1. Shoot during the golden hour

In photography, according to many, the golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky. Shooting during the golden hour in the autumn months sets the perfect scene, as the sun sets earlier, and because its lower position, lights up the landscape resulting in an attractive soft glow. This often gives a beautiful explosion to the vibrant colours and enhances the atmosphere.

  1. Utilise overcast light

Although sunny conditions make for a good photo, overcast and foggy skies as well as a bit of light rain are perfect for taking waterfall and stream shots. The overcast skies diffuse light and reduce contrast, and the wetter conditions help to intensify colours.

  1. Take advantage of the weather

The autumn season brings cool, wet weather. This can lead to some magical surroundings, giving photographers the opportunity to take stunning shots. Get up early and hope for misty and foggy conditions. Make sure to set up near water in order to take advantage of any early morning mist.

When you’re not using your photography equipment, make sure it is safely stored. At Storage King, we understand that photography equipment is expensive and can take up a lot of space. Whether you are a professional photographer or enjoying it as a hobby, why not store your equipment in a safe and secure unit with us. Our units are individually alarmed* and monitored by CCTV. 

If you’re looking to free up space home, why not pop down to one of our conveniently located stores or give us a call on 0800 0852 954.

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