General tips for fall colours
- The best times are very early morning and late afternoon/evening in terms of getting the highest quality light, colours, texture.
- If walking in the forest, keep checking the view beside and behind you; a better light/composition opportunity may lie there instead of straight ahead.
- If the sun is not brightly shining, rejoice. Strong sunlight is your enemy.
- Beware of super-busy/highly colour-saturated scenes that will mesmerize the viewer. Often the ‘less is more’ rule applies, especially when bright colours are involved.
- Apply the rules of thumb for good composition, with respect to patterns, textures, ‘the rule of thirds’, etc.
- Take only equipment you actually plan to use and are comfortable with, not ‘every possibility’ things.
Suggestions: polarizer filter, tripod yes; light stand, flashes, reflectors, no (There can be exceptions, of course, right JoeLeduc?)
- Suggested camera settings: low iso (100/200), shoot raw (best) or highest quality jpeg with ‘landscape’,’vivid’, adobe 1998 settings.
- Have fun
- PLAN the shoot and arrive early. There is only a relatively short window of opportunity for the actual shooting.
- Concentrate on your COMPOSITION. In all likelihood you are not there to shoot the SUN. You are there to shoot a scene with the best possible light. Decide on the scene and wait for the light. Note that there are differences in the light at sunset and sunrise. Try both.
- Great opportunities exist before/after the sun is actually visible on the horizon,sometimes for an hour or more. Use these to create magnificent images.