Do You Want to Create Vibrant Fall Photos that Pop? (Tips for Beginners)

October 21, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Do You Want to Create Vibrant Fall Photos that Pop?  I am sure you do and I am glad you are here.  If you follow these notes I am confident you can improve from your current skill level.  These are basic tips for landscape photography that apply to all seasons with some attention to Fall or Autumn landscapes.  The short version of this blog post can be found in PDF format here.

To start, here are the settings I use when I first set up. 

Mode

Manual

Aperture

F11

Focal Length

Wide (16-35mm)

ISO

100 or 200

Shutter Speed

Adjust for good exposure

Let's elaborate on each of the settings:

Aperture

I like a high aperture to get more of the foreground in focus with the background in focus too.  If it is a very bright scene I will raise my aperture setting to get the correct exposure.  Don't be afraid to move up to your highest aperture possible to get your landscape photo.  If I need to lower the aperture setting, I will try to stay above 8.0.  At a lower aperture, I may need to photo stack the photos in post-processing.

Focal Length

The focal length is really part of creating a good composition and I will cover that in more detail below.  However, the point here is to choose the appropriate lens.  In "most" cases a wider focal length is best.  I say "most" because I don't want you to take this as a rule that cannot be broken.  There will be times when a 200mm focal length creates a better composition.

ISO

Keep your ISO at 100 or 200 to have the best color and sharpness with the least amount of noise.  High ISO settings can result in unwanted noise in the photo.

Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is your "adjustment knob" for these photos.  With a tripod, you can go with much slower shutter speeds.  But a word of caution.  A landscape can have a lot of movement in the trees, bushes, or high grass.  On a windy day the leaves, bushes, or grass can be moving or swaying back and forth.  To compensate for that movement the lowest shutter speed may be around 1/250th of a second.

In next week's post, I will finish the discussion below.

Make it better

  • What is the subject in the photo
  • Shoot from many angles
  • Use a tripod
  • Shoot at sunrise
  • Shoot at sunset
  • Shoot on a cloudy day

Advanced tips

  • Bracket for larger apertures to use focus stacking
  • Shoot in RAW to for more edit options in post
  • Use a polarizer filter

 


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