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Fall Photo Ideas

Updated on September 5, 2016
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.


Fall is a wonderful time for outdoor photography, as there are so many colors and textures. Whether you are looking for new ideas for personal or professional shooting, there is a lot of inspiration here for both backgrounds and props. You can mix and match many of the ideas here for single shots (i.e. apples on a bed of leaves). You can also incorporate multiple ideas into a photo session (i.e. backgrounds with trees as well as backgrounds with water).

I have purposely chosen photo examples without people so that you can more easily envision these backgrounds and props with a variety of different individuals.

There are so many ways that you can use these fall photo ideas.

Just a Few Possibilities
Family Photos
Senior Portraits
Wedding Parties
Engagement Shoots
Baby Photos
Maternity Shoots
Kid Photography


Trees are one of the most classic choices for fall photography, as there is such a rich variety of colors. Search out areas that are filled with a single color of leaves or switch it up and look for multiple colors. Consider different types of trees. Photographing areas with trees of different heights/ages can create visual interest. You don't need to include the entire tree in your photo. Focus on particular aspects of trees and shoot them from different angles.


Path In Between Trees

One of the basic rules of composition in photography in the leading line. There are numerous opportunities for capturing leading lines in nature throughout the year, including the fall. Leading lines can draw the eye in to a focal point or can create a visual narrative for a photo. Paths are one of the most obvious and effective leading lines for landscape shots. Seek out roads, sidewalks, and forest paths that are lined with trees.


Macro or Close Up of Leaves

Leaves are a great subject choice for macro or close up photography. If you are using a point and shoot camera, switch the camera to program mode and turn on the macro setting. It is the option that looks like a flower. Use the timer and ideally a tripod to get clear shots. I've linked several flower photography articles here, as many of the same principles apply to both flower and leaf photography.

Basic Flower and Macro Photography



Pumpkins make a perfect background or prop for fall photography. Look for different sizes and shapes. Consider squash as well. Again, look for varying sizes and shapes as well as colors. Local farmers markets are a great place to pick up different types of pumpkin and squash. If you don't want to invest in a lot of them, you may be able to shoot on location.



As with many of the food ideas here, corn can work as both a background (i.e. corn fields, a farm stand) or a prop. If you enjoy macro photography, look for ways to capture all of the detail in a single ear of corn. In addition to picked corn, seek out opportunities to photograph corn fields. Capturing the progression of corn growing can make a great photography series.


A Waterfall Among Changing Leaves

This will be one of the more challenging subject matters to find, but it is worth it if you have the opportunity. Vivid leaves contrast beautifully with clear, flowing water. Consider long, winding waterfalls, such as the one pictured on the right, as well as steep waterfalls with a dramatic flow. When there is a summer filled with ample rainfall, waterfalls will be full and flowing through the early fall.


Color Study

The colors of fall lend themselves naturally to a variety of color study techniques. Consider methods for highlighting particular colors as background or focal colors. Don't be afraid to experiment with black and white photography for neutral color studies. Black and white is a natural choice for photo sessions with people, but it can be used for landscape and macro photography as well.

Color Workshop 2-3: Color Study Process, Nathan Fowkes Study #1


Water Reflection of Trees/Fall Colors

After you've shot trees and leaves on their own, look for opportunities to shoot them in reflection. Consider lakes, rivers, streams, and puddles. There is nothing wrong with the "wow" factor of a large, clear body of water, but don't discount a local stream or even a puddle after it rains. Look for opportunities to incorporate other natural or man-made focal points, such as a bridge or railing. Additionally, challenge yourself to set up fall photography shoot with a water reflection of something besides a tree.



Acorns are yet another great option for fall macro photography. Consider different backgrounds for them. Do you want something textured like the example on the right or are you looking for something smooth and completely neutral? Experiment with different possibilities to figure out what works best for you. If you can't find real acorns or are looking to change up your prop, make or purchase craft acorns, such as needle felted acorns.



There are lots of possibilities for photographing apples. Use them as a prop for a baby or child photography shoot. Create an apple backdrop for virtually any type of shoot. Create still life apple shoots. Head to the farmers market or an apple orchard for a location shoot. Look for apples of different varieties, sizes, and colors. If you're taking photographing at an apple orchard, consider the different aspects of picking apples, such as the buckets, rotting apples on the ground, and other orchard activities, such as picking berries or eating donuts.

Fall Photography

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    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yes, for sure! I agree. I'm glad to hear it. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      It's a perfect time to recirculate this hub. Fall is a beautiful time to take photos, and you've given several good ideas for photo ops!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, acaetnna! I agree with you about autumn.

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      7 years ago from Guildford

      A wonderful hub and such stunning photos. Autumn is such a beautiful time of year.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Happyboomernurse! You're right that fall is a great time of year to practice photography skills. There are so many beautiful colors, and the weather hasn't gotten too cold yet (for the most part anyway). I appreciate the votes.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for the great tips and rationale behind each recommendation.

      Fall is a fun time to practice photography skills.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Jackie. :) I hear you on building a massive photo collection. I'm just beginning to figure out what I want to do with all of mine. Best of luck to you.

      Vicki, thanks! That's great that you've had such a gorgeous season this year. Hopefully you can still get out and take a few photos before the beautiful colors are gone for the year.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Beautiful collection of ideas! We've had the most beautiful fall this year. I wish that I had time to take photos of this season. I'll be ready and able next year, I'm hoping! Many votes on this hub!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from the beautiful south

      Those are great and what I am into right now! I love the gold and orange! I just keep on snapping, I know one day I need to do something with them! lol I bet I have 50,000 or more. Here's to many more for us both! ^

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, photostudiosupply!

    • photostudiosupply profile image


      7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Great hub with very nice natural photography ideas!!! Keep it up dear...

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Cyndi. :) Thanks!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      Beautiful hub! I'm linking to this in an upcoming fall photography hub I have coming. I love the pictures and ideas! Voted up and across and tweeted, too.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, livingsta!

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      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wonderful hub with beautiful pictures! Voted up :)

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! I can't believe it either. That's awesome. :)

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      Leah Lefler 

      8 years ago from Western New York

      Oh, the photos are so beautiful. I can't believe we're heading into fall already! Fall photos are my favorite - I have gorgeous shots of my boys jumping in crisp leaves.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Movie Master!

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent hub, useful information and great photos, thank you and voted up!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Glimmer! If you have a good point and shoot model, such as Canon PowerShot, it's amazing what you can produce with a little expertise and a lot of practice. Best of luck to you. :)

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful hub and great tips. I really need to learn how to use my digital camera better! This hub just may be my inspiration.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Johanna, thanks! Yes for sure.

      Thanks, Lightshare!

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      8 years ago

      Excellent random!!! Really the festival of colors -) -)

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      Johanna Baker 

      8 years ago

      Very nice and informative. Autumn is such a lovely time of year for photography and the photos can really be quite spectacular! Thanks

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Mama Kim!

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      Sasha Kim 

      8 years ago

      These are wonderful ideas and it's packed full of great tips and links. Thank you for this great resource ^_^ voted up and useful!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Julie! :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      8 years ago from Clinton CT

      Fall is my most favorite time of year. Though not a photographer, I really appreciated a lot of these ideas..thank you :)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Om! That sounds like a gorgeous picture.

      Thanks so much, meloncauli!

      Thanks, Susie! In the fall, you'll have to visit a part of the country where the leaves do change.

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      8 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Great photos and unique ideas, I wish I lived somewhere with changing leaves, ours are green all year round!

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      8 years ago from UK

      Brilliant hub. Really interesting, informative and some great photos. Voted up and shared.

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      8 years ago

      This is such a beautiful hub, Rose. I love reflection photos. In fact, my favorite photo of my own wedding is a water reflection shot of me and my husband standing on a ship!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, rfmoran!

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      8 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Voted up useful beautiful and awesome. Autumn will be here soon. Thanks for the great photo ideas.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much for all of the feedback about this article!

      aivzdog, that's awesome. :)

      Janine, that's really neat about your husband. I'm sure that his pictures are amazing. I hope that he enjoys this.

      Kelley, have fun with your pictures this fall!

      Shasta, you're right about capturing the colors of fall. It's great to take advantage of those short-lived colors while you can.

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      8 years ago from Malaysia

      You have a lot of great ideas here and I love your main photo that was taken by you. Voted up and useful.

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      Eric Cramer 

      8 years ago from Chicagoland

      Great hub! I love the fall. Thanks for all of the wonderful tips. I can't wait to try them out!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great ideas and beautiful photographs. Beautiful hub with equally good explanations.

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      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Nothing to say but ..gorgeous. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos and makes fall look so appealing.

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      Shasta Matova 

      8 years ago from USA

      These are all great ideas. I love taking photos throughout the year, but there is something magical about taking photos in the fall, since most of the scenery is so short-lived. Voted up.

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      8 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Excellent hub!!!! I love taking fall photos! They always make the picture more magical :) Thanks for more great ideas!!!! Voted up, useful, and shared!

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      Sheila Brown 

      8 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great hub! You have given us some really good ideas for fall photography. I love taking pictures in the fall, there are so many different colors and almost anything can be a good subject. Voted this up and awesome! Have a great day! :)

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      8 years ago

      I love these ideas and photos. Fall is a beautiful time of year. Looking forward to using many tips you provided here. Voted up! Kelley

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 years ago from New York, New York

      Rose, wonderful article and your pictures are absolutely amazing. My husband is a photographer by nature, (taught photography courses) and works at Canon, so I am constantly amazed by the pictures and shots he gets when he wields his camera. Definitely loved this article though and will be sharing it with him. Voted up too!!

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      8 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      These are great have really captured the essence of autumn well...Up & awesome...cheers

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia have done a great job here. I really enjoy all the pictures here. Nice shoot and beautiful photograph. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!


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      8 years ago

      Wonderful article. I love to drive in the country during fall and take photos of the landscapes with the different color trees.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yes, for sure! Thanks, RTalloni!

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      8 years ago

      You were not kidding, that is 21 impressive tree shots. Very soon I want to look this over more closely and be sure to check out all the links for it is a great look at fall photography ideas. Thanks much.


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