Tips for shooting autumn colors and leaves:
1. Set your camera on White Balance settings to Cloudy, to give the colors extra warmth.
2. Grab a fast lens: anything with a wide aperture such as 1.8, 1.4 or 1.2 would give you that yummy bokeh circles, such as the 1st picture (shot with a 50mm 1.8, a $100 lens, but it does wonders vs a faster lens such as 3.5 or 4.0.)
3. Create the illusion of abundance by compression. Shooting with a wide angle lens, such as 12-24mm Tamron (what I started with in this session) vs a 50mm or higher, compresses the elements close to each other, making distant trees appear close together.
4. Get down low and bring a blanket. To get the low angle shots above, I was lying on the ground on a very thin scarf. After some time on the chilly autumn ground will test your patience if you’re after that perfect composition.
5. Bike around your city/town. I may have missed a film making in progress if I wasn’t biking around in search for some perfect foliage. Also, biking to and from on early mornings: helps to avoid the crowds, gives me some exercise and gives me a great reason to bring along the tripod if I can attach it on the back.
Happy fall shooting!