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Fall Photography Ideas

Updated on September 15, 2014

Fall is a Great time to take Pictures

One of my favorite times to take photographs is in the fall when photography ideas abound. I love to photograph the beautiful autumn and the beauty of the changing colors. Everything looks brighter and more cheerful with the beauty that nature brings in the autumn.

The next reason I love fall photography is that the lighting seems to be better in the fall. The days are shorter and the sun is not as bright in the sky so I can easily photograph into mid morning and still get some great light. Evening is the same way, the good light is there much earlier in the day.

There is also an abundance of subjects to photograph in the fall and they can be found everywhere. Whether you stay in your own backyard, visit a nearby farmers market or go on a fall foliage tour you will love the abundance of fall photography ideas.

photographs by Mary Beth Granger

Idea #1 - farmers market displays

I have started to bring my camera along when I am shopping for produce at the local farmers market. In the fall you can always find great ideas with the displays they have for the produce. The pumpkins are an obvious choice but don't forget the bins of apples and other produce as well.

Books on Photography

I learn so much from studying the works of others. Here are a couple of photography books you may enjoy.

Autumn In The Hills: Photographs by Kevin L. Moss
Autumn In The Hills: Photographs by Kevin L. Moss

The countryside is beautiful in the fall.


Idea #2

take a drive in the countryside

I love to go for drives in the fall. My husband will drive the country roads and we will both look for autumn photography opportunities. We live very close to the Missouri wine country, so we can travel just 10 minutes from our home and enter a series of country roads.

Here is a tree we saw on a drive through the Missouri wine country.



Idea #3 - use a polarizing filter

I took a photography class this spring where the instructor talked about using a polarizing filter. He showed us photos with and without the filter and the results were dramatic. The filter really brings out the beauty of the fall colors. I have purchased a polarizing filter and I am looking forward to using it this fall. If you have a DSLR camera where you can add filters to your lenses this will really enhance your fall photos.

HOYA 72mm Circular Polarizing Filter
HOYA 72mm Circular Polarizing Filter

This filter will help bring out the beauty of the fall colors.


Idea #4

fall foliage tours

Fall foliage tours are a great way to see the beauty of fall in other parts of the country. There are lots of bus and train trips to all parts of the country. Most of them have trained tour guides that will give you the highlights and take you to the best places to see fall colors. For a different point of view you can also take a cruise to catch fall colors.

Last fall we took a cruise up the east coast from New York City to Quebec City. The scenes in Quebec city were particularly beautiful. Fall was at its prime and it was great to photograph the old building surrounded in fall color. When we walked the streets of the city I also found numerous subjects for fall photography.


Idea #6 - photograph up close

Be sure to take some of your photos up close. When you start looking for leaves to photograph up close you will find it "easier said then done". After a long hot summer many of the leaves take on a worn look when photographed up close. It is worth the time to search for some good looking leaves to photograph.

Idea #7 - look for reflections

The reflections of fall colors on the water can make some stunning photos. Use your wide angle lens and capture both the trees and their reflection in the water.

Tell us about your favorite fall photography idea. - we'd love to hear from you

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    • GetPhotographic profile image


      4 years ago

      How I miss autumn! I live in the Canary Islands, Eternal Spring it's called. You don't have that dramatic changing of seasons here, I suppose that is the cloud that goes with the silver lining of year round sunshine! Lovely pictures and great ideas.

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      5 years ago

      I love the colors of autumn. I would say it's my favorite season till mid-october. November is already too grey for me.

      Fall in your pictures is just amazing.

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      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Fall truly is one of the most beautiful times of the year to take pictures. I can't wait for the trees to start changing colors.

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      5 years ago

      Fall is beautiful time of year with the leaves falling onto the ground, the combination of colors. The tree you saw on a drive through the Missouri wine country is my favorite, they are all a beautiful collection. Thanks for sharing your lens.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      All the colors of Fall are so beautiful. My favorite season. I enjoy photographing the trees the most.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love your photography and this fall photography is so beautiful. I especially love the maple leaves on the rocks.

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      5 years ago

      Great ideas. I love the close-up photo of the leaves. Nice!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Your photos always get to me...the Tree note card you've created is gorgeous and is my favorite on this lens, but every photo you've done is so beautiful. You have such an eye for these things! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love fall photography. How about kids jumping in piles of leaves? That might take a hundred shots to get the perfect one, but how fun!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Stunning photos. I think your close up leaf is my favorite. Those beautiful autumn colors is one thing I don't get in NZ.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I so do love the colors of fall. We live on such a very beautiful land. Your pictures make me want to run outside and hug a tree.

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      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      Great pictures, the colors and the dry ear is why I love fall... and the harvest festivities...

    • Jogalog profile image


      5 years ago

      I love the pictures of the leaves.

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      6 years ago

      These are amazing, I especially like the water reflection pictures. I used to go kayaking in order to get to some views like that.

      I've recently bought a brand new DSLR in order to try my hand at photo's like these. Certainly looking forward to it!

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      6 years ago


    • radhanathswamifan profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow factor - 100

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      6 years ago

      This is a very beautiful lens.

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      Lisa Remmick 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful ideas you have here. Fall is such a wonderful time for getting very bright, colorful shots. Really nice....

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      6 years ago

      What lovely ideas, indeed! Thanks kindly for sharing!

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      Paul Franciskato 

      6 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      You have lots of beautiful Fall photos! The vibrant colors are what I like most about the Fall.

    • MalenasMom profile image


      6 years ago

      I love fall, especially trees in red, yellow and orange. Thanks for sharing the photo ideas.

    • MissKanti profile image


      6 years ago

      I love the brilliant colors of fall! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and ideas.

    • lilymom24 profile image


      6 years ago

      Such a beautiful fall lens and lovely photography. =)

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      Dianne Loomos 

      6 years ago

      I love the close ups of the colorful fall leaves.

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      6 years ago

      Such a cute lens, never saw this kind of lens.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for the reminder. I have some lovely fall leaves shots that I need to work up on zazzle products.

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      6 years ago

      nice images keep clicking

    • psiloveyou1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Gorgeous lens! I love fall colors. I love photos of fall flowers...mums, ornamental kale, and pansies. Sending an angel blessing your way. :)

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      I really love your still life photo under the caption for idea #1. What a creative combination of colorful foods. Great photo ideas. Thanks!

    • TriciaLymeMom profile image


      6 years ago

      Beautiful photos...and thanks for the ideas. I love Fall. There's a line in a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon that talks about Fall being Nature's fireworks display...couldn't agree more. :)

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      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      The colors of Fall have always been my favorite and they are so gorgeous in your wonderful photos. Now that I'm back in the south, I'm really missing the Midwest Autumn colors. The leaves on the tree outside my window are turning brown (no color.... just brown). Then they fall off! Very disappointing for a fan of Fall colors. But we just don't get the cool nights here that begins the leaf color-changing process. So, to get my Fall color fix, I'll just have to come by here and look at your beautiful photographs!

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      6 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous photos, MaryBeth! You are so talented and your fall photography is breathtaking!

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      6 years ago

      These are gorgeous! I love to see anything that you have photographed.

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      Joy Neasley 

      6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I love "Fall at the Pond" above. Great pic. I do not get a chance to take fall photos here in China. But I do miss some of the beautiful shots I could get in Tennessee when I lived there.

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      Jackie Block 

      6 years ago from SE Michigan

      Your photos are beautiful. I have a DSLR camera now and can't wait to take some of my own. Thanks for the tips!

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      6 years ago

      Oh my, another stunningly beautiful lens by you. I love the fall colors. :)


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      6 years ago

      Flew by on the Squid Angels' Bus and alighted briefly to leave some Angel Dust. Blessed. :)

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Beautiful photos. There is nothing quite as amazing as all the colors of fall is there. I really miss the colors in the Midwest, so much more striking than here in the UK. Nicely done, blessed, and Happy Thanksgiving.

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      6 years ago

      I love the colors of fall. I just put in a small photo essay on gather with pics of the trees on our block.

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      6 years ago

      This year I also have taken photos of Halloween decorations. Also of course the leaves. This is a beautiful lens.

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      6 years ago

      So beautiful. I too love Autumn and have posted some photos called "Autumn's Beauty". I still believe the most beautiful Autumn I have seen is up North especially in Michigan. Although the colors do not last that long, they are breath taking beautiful while they are there. Michigan Autumn Tree Leaving you with a *Blessing* for a fantastic job on this page.

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      7 years ago

      Another great lens.Thank you for sharing

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      All of you photos are always beautiful! I do love all of the fall colors.

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      7 years ago

      I love these Fall ideas! Those pumpkins and the sunflower are cool! So are the reflection photos. Blessed this lens!

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      Carolan Ross 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Lovely fall photograph ideas, Mary Beth! Your images are stunning!

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      Melody Lassalle 

      7 years ago from California

      The color in these photos is so vibrant. You've captured everything beautifully. Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful Fall Photography ideas! The pictures are fantastic.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I also like taking photos of fallen acorns, impressions from a leaf in the mud, and other odd things. You are an inspiration with your photos.

      Blessed by a squid angel and featured on You've Been Blessed.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful! I especially like the close ups and the reflections! Blessed on the back to school bus trip.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 

      7 years ago

      Love it! Love it! The reflection of fall foliage is a timeless classic that I never grow tired of.

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      7 years ago

      I read this a few days ago and came back tonight to read it again. Really beautiful!

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      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Beautiful fall scenery. The reflections against the water are so calming and peaceful. Thanks for sharing your designs!

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      7 years ago from Oz

      Beautiful fall photos collection, thank you for sharing. Fall is the perfect season to capture the beauty of nature, especially the amazing colors of the tree and its reflection on the water. I really love your spectacular fall colors picture, it's a stunning photo.--- Blessed ---

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      Donnette Davis 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Your photographs are beautiful! Thank you!

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      7 years ago

      I love reflections too, and sometimes I like to photograph the reflection only, just to show "the world upside down". I really love the platanus leaves photo, in your lens, among the others (well, actually I love all of them!)

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      Beautiful photos. Our fall is the same color as our winter and it is various shades of brown. However, we did tour the east coast several years ago in the Fall and your pictures have captured some of that magic.

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Beautiful Fall or Autumn photos!

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      7 years ago from Long Beach, CA

      Your photos are beautiful. Someday I'll travel somewhere that has the beautiful fall foliage and take some pics....I'll have to remember your tips when I do.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful Photos! Have your pictures printed to canvas at

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      7 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      Gorgeous photos!

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      7 years ago

      Lovely photos of fall! The colors that Mother Nature paints the landscape with just take your breath away.

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      7 years ago

      Love your photographs...

    • Grandma-Marilyn profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you for your photography tips. I will be using some of them. I wish my Kodak EasyShare Z950 had a polarizing filter but I can't find one.

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      7 years ago

      Amazing work, I don't have a special camera, but take pictures anyway with my little digital. Enjoyed your tips.

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      7 years ago from Yorkshire, England


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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      7 years ago from Northern California

      One of my favorite fall pictures I took when I was in high school. It was a picture of a Chinese pistachio tree in brilliant oranges and reds against a bright blue sky.


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