Find the areas with the most vivid colours
Mountain areas can offer us the best opportunities to capture very powerful autumn colours. As there is vegetation at different altitudes, they will “mature” and reach their peak at different times of the season. In this way we will have more options and possibilities to get images of the best moments. All this, as long as we can easily access areas of higher altitude, either by car or walking.
Take advantage of the autumn weather
Autumn is generally synonymous with cool and humid weather and this can lead us to enjoy some great conditions. If we get up early in the morning to try to photograph the sunrise, it is likely that we will have morning fogs. It is also not too problematic to have a little rain, because after the storm, those dramatic skies that usually form, opening and letting pass some rays of sunshine can offer spectacular images, including rainbows.
Take advantage of the first hours to go out with the camera and you will be able to capture the first fogs of the day.
Covered or clear skies
Daytime covered skies are perfect for many types of autumn scenes, such as streams and waterfalls. Overcast skies act as huge light diffusers and reduce contrast, and humid environments tend to help us achieve much more intense colours. Nor should we deny a sunny day because we can take advantage of the blue sky contrasting with the colors of autumn: yellow, ochre, etc..
Use polarizing filter
Polarizing filters reduce reflections and enhance colors. They are very effective when photographing wet grass and leaves and streams and waterfalls. Polarizers also allow us to darken the blue sky and increase the contrast between the clouds and the sky behind them. However, it is important if you are going to use it with a wide angle: the point of maximum polarization occurs when shooting shoots at an angle of 90 degrees to the sun, and using a wide angle you will capture a very wide angle of vision, so you will have an uneven polarization, especially in the sky of the photo that can result in a part of the sky is darker than the rest. When we use the polarizer correctly, the colors of the fall vegetation can be quite impressive.
Aim for the sky
Looking for an attractive autumn perspective to surprise viewers? On a sunny day, aim your camera upwards with a wide angle to capture the trees standing out over a blue sky. A perspective taken with a wide angle will turn the tree trunks into converging diagonal lines, which will cause the viewer to get into the composition. You can include the sun in the image, partially covered by the trunk of a tree or by some leaves to add a “star” effect using a closed aperture such as f/16 or f/22.
Focus on intimate scenes and details
Look for intimate scenes that show “still lifes” of leaves, berries or other characteristic elements, such as a forest area with a tree that stands out from the rest, ferns, branches with leaves. It’s not a bad idea to gather a few leaves and create your own still lifes. Let your imagination run wild. Focus on details that stand out and attract the viewer’s attention.