How to photograph autumn landscapes


Autumn is just around the corner, and that means spectacular colours, wonderful light and a wealth of opportunities for inspiring landscape photography to look forward to. Graham Dunn shows you how to capture this wondrous season in all its splendour
Whether you consider autumn to begin on 1 September, as defined by meteorologists, follow the astronomical dates of the equinoxes or take your cue from changes in plant and animal behaviour, the period between summer and winter is widely considered to be the most photogenic season. It was once aptly described by American author Jim Bishop, who said, ‘Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all other seasons’. As summer comes to an end, the days grow shorter and the nights cooler, and the landscape is transformed by a short-lived display of colour – such vibrant scenes can leave you transfixed. The UK, while perhaps not comparable with the likes of New England, offers a feast of autumnal opportunities for those willing to venture out. Stormy skies, frost and mist all add to the drama of the season, but capturing the essence of autumn meaningfully in a single frame can prove tricky and at times frustrating. In the following sections of this feature
I hope to guide you through.
It is often said that equipment is not everything – an adage that is certainly true for most areas of photography. There are, however, a few items worthy of a mention, as they are likely to be of assistance during any autumnal escapade.
Practically all of my landscape work is captured with the aid of a sturdy and carefully positioned tripod. To avoid sacrificing image quality and depth of field, my ISO and aperture settings often demand a shutter speed that would test even the steadiest of hands. Add into the mix the low light levels that occur in many cool scenes, such as those in woodland, and you are left with little option but to ensure your camera is firmly supported.
Autumn lends itself to wide variety of photographic opportunities. Big views with splashes of colour within the surrounding landscape are most easily captured from elevated viewpoints and with a wide angle lens – panoramic stitches can work particularly well here. For added impact , consider using a telephoto lens to isolate details within
a wider vista – when used carefully, striking results can be achieved. And, finally, don’t forget to get in close. A macro lens is invaluable when looking at the amazing details on offer at this time of year.


long-landscape-driveway-photoA number of different filters can be used to enhance autumnal scenes. Neutral density filters can allow the creative use of long exposures, for example, when blurring flowing water or allowing leaves and branches to sway in the breeze. ND grad filters permit a balancing of the exposure, especially for big views, and help to retain highlight detail in the sky. Perhaps most importantly, though, is the polarising filter. I will attempt to explain why. Sunlight is largely unpolarised, meaning the waves of light are all vibrating at different angles to the direction, or axis, of light. When this light is reflect ed from nonmetallic surfaces, such as leaves, it becomes more ordered or ‘polarised’ – the waves line up and vibrate at the same angle to the axis of light. A polarising filter is used to reduce the transmission of this light through a camera lens, effectively reducing the glare from reflective surfaces. The end result is a deepening of the saturation of colours, giving autumn leaves even more impact within the frame

Take your time and always be willing to use the
kit you have to the best of your abilities. The few
seconds of hassle experienced when changing
over lenses will be more than compensated for by
the variety in your imagery.

Starting a Home Business In Photography

Starting a Home Business In Photography

A home photography business doesn’t necessarily require formal photography training. What it does require is a passion for photographic art, an artistic flair, the technical skills to operate the equipment and the ability to market the business.

Someone who is still in high school or college can start out preparing for a home photography business by taking photos for the yearbook or the student newspaper. A basic photography course would be very helpful as well. Nowadays it’s good to know how to operate both a 33 mm and a digital camera. Local community colleges often have very reasonably priced community education courses, many that involve just one class in the evening or on the weekend. Colleges that offer Lifelong Learning Centers for folks 50+ have courses as well, and some of these are taught by very experienced re

ired home photography business professionals and little or no cost.

There are many types of photography and the home photography business entrepreneur may want to specialize, perhaps in photography for news organizations such as the local daily or weekly paper, in advertising photography for local magazines and local firms that need to market their products. One of the most common forms of home photography business is for events and celebrations such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, anniversaries, and other events. These can be especially lucrative as repeat business and excellent multiple referrals.

Travel photographers have exciting home photography business lives, although it takes a lot of skill and a lot of travel expense and practice photography before that first paid vacation is finely paid for.

Some folks create a home photography business working as photojournalists or specializing in medical or science photographers. While quite lucrative, these almost require a four year degree with extensive photography and communication training. A college photography internship is a wonderful foot in the door for a home photography business as well.

A portfolio is a must for building clientele for a home photography business. This means taking lots and lots of unpaid photo shots to show off exceptional talent to potential clients.

Helpful ways to learn the ins and outs of home photography and a home photography business are by working as an assistant to a photographer, by joining associations and organizations of fellow photographers and by attending seminars and workshops on home business and photography.

There are also much cheaper ways to learn them directly from your home by downloading eCourses from the web.

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