Take a Fall Photography Walk
Snap Great Photos of Leaves and Autumn Scenes
A brisk autumn day with crackling leaves underfoot makes a wonderful time for a walk. Take along the camera and make it a fall photo walk. Having the camera with you makes you look at the scenery with new eyes.
Mentally you frame up that scene and look for the best angle or you focus in on a red leaf floating in a puddle from the recent rain. Photo walks increase your awareness of the beauty and interesting sights around you.
What are you waiting for? Grab the camera, go out for a photo walk and start taking some awesome autumn pictures. Here are my tips for getting the most from your fall photo walk.
Get Photos of Leaves - Look for varied compositionsClick thumbnail to view full-size
This first big photo is one I took. I wanted to capture the play of sunlight on the multi-hued leaves of the maple tree. This is in East Wakefield, New Hampshire. The tree trunks serve to frame the drift of leaves.
Below are some examples of scenes and close ups of fall foliage taken by other photographers. See how dramatic a landscape can be or focus on just a single leaf.
Single Leaf PhotoClick thumbnail to view full-size
Photographers Are Always Learning
Examine photos online to see what catches your eye and what makes a stunning photo. You want to train your eyes to look for angles, perspectives, colors to make your photos stand out from just being a snapshot.
Look at Many Photos to See What Appeals to You and to Train Your Eye
I always have my cell phone with me and use it the most, just because it's handy. Right now, I have a Galaxy S8.
I have a compact Canon FinePix JZ100/JZ110 which fits nicely in my pocket. When I'm feeling serious about taking pictures, I drape my Canon PowerShot SX20IS around my neck.
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Look for Nuts and Berries to Photograph - on a fall photo walk
The first photo shows blackberries. For this shot, I set my digital camera on macro. That's usually a flower symbol in your settings. Get in close and hold the camera very, very still as you click the shutter.
More Berries to PhotographClick thumbnail to view full-size
Credit for These Photos
You will see most of the photos here that I took (labeled Virginia Allain or vallain)
I'm also showcasing some photos by other photographers that are on Zazzle products like mousepads and posters.
Vest for the Photographer
Don't you love all these pockets? Perfect to stash extra lenses, a small folding tripod, or other photo gear.
I'm putting this on my wishlist for birthday or Christmas. Otherwise, I don't have enough pockets to hold everything that I want to take on my fall photo walks.
Stash All Your Camera Gear in a Photo Vest - Keep your hands free, but have all your lenses, extra batteries handy
I don't have one of these, but sure wish I did. Most women's slacks and shorts have limited pockets and most are shallow. While on a photo walk, I carry a plastic grocery bag (useful for kneeling on or to cover your camera if it starts to rain). It is smart to have extra batteries with you and a lens cloth for cleaning dust or water drops off the lens.
A vest like this gives you a place to stash all those accessories.
Take Photos of Leaves in Water - Red Leaf in WaterClick thumbnail to view full-size
Tips for Taking Photos of Leaves in Water
I took this photo at Great East Lake in New Hampshire. For moving water like this, set the camera for a higher speed shutter (symbol of a moving person). As repeated small waves washed over the leaf, I took a series of photos trying to capture the ripples.
Chipmunk Photos That I Take in the Woods
Capture Wildlife with Your Camera on Your Fall Photo Walk
I took these photos of the chipmunk and the squirrel with my Canon SX20is which has great zoom. I've put them on tote bags on Zazzle and other products like mousepads.
You'll want the camera set on the action setting.
Try to focus in on the animal's eye. Pictures of their rump as they run away from you are not the most exciting shots.
Virginia Allain's Fall Photo GalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
Non-Nature Photos to Take
You may not have access to the woods or a lake, but you can still take fall photos. Even in an urban area, there will be planters of chrysanthemums or some pumpkins.
Seasonal Decorations Make Good Photo Subjects - for a fall photo walk
Look for pumpkins, scarecrows and other fall decorations to photograph. These are colorful and fun.
Include people in your fall scenes. Capture them doing typical fall activities like raking leaves or carving a jack-o-lantern.
Photo of a Pumpkin Carver at Work
Learn from These Photographers - to take better autumn photos
I Use Many of My Photos on Zazzle Products
Here's an example of one of my fall photos with a border or text added on Zazzle. I like being able to add borders and text to my pictures for the Zazzle products like tote bags.
It is available on their site. This photo was taken in Massachussetts.
Look for Graveyards for Interesting Subjects
More about Photography - by Virginia Allain
- Photographing Mushrooms - You'll see lovely mushrooms on your fall photo walks. Here's how to capture them with your camera.
- Photographing Feathers - Look for feathers on the ground for interesting shots.
- Photographing Flowers - Fall flowers are quite colorful, so look for photo opportunities. Here are examples of my flower close-ups.
- Favorite Flower Photos - This page showcases some of my flower photos that I'm proud of.
Some of My Flower PhotosClick thumbnail to view full-size
I'm fortunate to have access to a lake. Maybe I can count this as my walk if I stroll to the lake. This photo was taken from a boat as the loons are pretty far from shore.
Example of a Water PhotoClick thumbnail to view full-size
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2011 Virginia Allain