Yesterday I took my group The Melbourne Walk and Shoot Group on an outing to Mount Dandenong. We were in search of autumn colour so we went to the RJ Hamer Arboretum. Thanks to Robert and Peter in the group we had an easy meeting point and a very unstrenuous walk into the forest. We started walking along the Poplar Track and sure enough before long we hit a blaze of colour.
I thought you might be interested to know how I approach photographing autumn colour. Whipping out your camera can be overwhelming if you don’t have at least a bit of a plan in how to approach capturing what you see.
So here are my 5 top tips for photographing Autumn colour:
1. People – make your photos about portraits, people in the environment, funny moments and smiles.
2. Lens – play with the optics of your lens(es). Different focal lengths provide different perspectives. The first two here are shot with my 50mm and the last one with Victor’s fish eye…thanks Victor!
3. Landscape – stand back and assess the whole scene. Play with the composition and lines. It’s all about the scale of land, trees, sky and paths and their relationship to one another.
4. Patterns – this is all about tight compositions, closeups, details and repeating forms. It can also be about the patterns of colour you see through the different changing leaves.
5. Instagram – well why not? I like to tell people out there right on the spot about what I’m doing and I use my instant feed on Instagram to show it rather than tell. I love all the post production looks you can give your pictures, it’s all part of the fun of expressing creativity with photography.
So there you have it! Five easy ways to approach photographing Autumn colour. Hopefully this has helped kick start your next photo outing. Next time you head out to shoot somewhere, give some thought to the different ways you can approach it and mix it up. Variety is the spice of life, after all.