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.
A 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.