It’s that time of the year again- time for my Tips to Photographing Phall! You should know that these tips are the same tips that I wrote 20 years ago for an article in Outdoor Photographer, 10 years ago for New England AAA and 3 years ago for this blog. It’s not that I can’t think of anything else to write, it’s that fall doesn’t change and neither does photography, really, so what was a good idea 20 years ago is still a good idea.
I’ll keep these tips simple- they are all very self evident. These are my favorite and most effective tips, all my other tips you already know
Photograph on cloudy, misty days for the richest colors but be sure to use a polarizing filter to cut the glare from the wet leaves. If it’s lightly raining go inside the forest for some protection. If it’s raining hard go out right after it stops.
On sunny daysI like shooting back lit scenes. Backlit leaves will glow in the sunlight and backlit cows don’t look as dim-witted. If the sky is solid blue try shooting up the trunk of a colorful tree or shoot some reflections. Shooting up doesn’t work when there are clouds in the sky- all you will get are big blown out highlights and I will question your sanity during a critique.
Don’t forget the details. With the entire landscape a screaming acid trip it’s hard to notice anything else but there are lots of wonderful details at your feet and knees that are worth shooting. Don’t do this in the bright sun. Wait for a cloud to come by or use a diffuser to soften the light.
And finally, use every lens you have in your bag- these colors only happen once a year for at most a couple of weeks. Go nuts!!!