Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tips for Fall Photography

This week I'd like to share with you some of my tips on fall photography.
fall tree photo by mbgphoto

  • Use a Polarizing Filter
If you have never used  a polarizing filter on your camera you will be amazed by the results.  Think about how fall colors look to you when you put on your sunglasses.  The tint in the glasses filters out some of the suns rays and what you see are strikingly more brilliant colors.  The same concept is what happens when you put a polarizing filter on your camera.

Be sure to buy one of the circular polarizing filters so that you can adjust the amount of light you are filtering out.  I have one for my SLR camera and I also have a polarizing filter to fit my Canon point and shoot camera.

The photo at the left is a tree in a nearby park that I photographed with the polarizing filter on my camera.

  • Go to a Botanical Gardens   If you have a favorite garden in your hometown be sure to visit it in the fall.  Most gardens have special displays for the fall and it is a great place to take photos.  I love the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.  Here is a hubpage I wrote on the garden in the fall. Autumn at Missouri Botanical Garden  The photo below shows a scene from last fall at the garden.
    yellow leaves over white bridge photo by mbgphoto

  • A Farmers Market is a Great Place for Fall Photos   I like to stop by my local farmers  market and photograph the produce in the fall.  The bins of apples, pumpkins and ghourds always make great photographs and many of the markets have special fall displays.
    pumpkins photo by mbgphoto

    gourds photo by mbgphoto

  • Don't forget to include children doing fall activities in your photos.  The pictures below are my granddaughters enjoying the pumpkins in the fall.
  • photo by mbgphoto

photo by mbgphoto

  • Get in close for some interesting photos.  Leaves are often hard to photograph in the fall because when you look at them up close you find they have a lot of wear and tear from the year,  Be sure to look for some that are not too beat up and then zoom in close.

fall leaves photo by mbgphoto

  • My top tip for fall photography is enjoy yourself.  Have fun with your camera, enjoy the scenery and relax and you will capture some outstanding shots!
View more of my photographs of fall at Autumn Art

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  1. What beautiful fall photos, especially the ones of your granddaughters with their pumpkins. You are always so very kind to share you photography tips. Now I see that I really do need a polarizing lens on my Christmas wishlist.

  2. I've only used my polarizing filters for photographing around the water. Never thought to photograph the fall leaves, but then, I live in the sub-tropics and we don't see the trees change color too often. Thank you, Mary Beth, for sharing your photography tips.

  3. I need all the help I can get when it comes to taking photos. Thank you!

  4. Wonderful photos and tips. Wow.. now I'm totally in the mood for fall. I had a polarized lens for my film camera, back in the day. I really need to get one for my new camera. They do make a world of difference.

  5. Great tips and fantastic pictures. I'm hoping to try my hand at some of these tips over the next few weeks....thanks!

  6. Oh, I do love the colors of Autumn and you and your granddaughters capture it on camera beautifully!


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