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Tips for capturing the beauty of fall

Updated: Feb 7, 2019

Fall is my favorite season. I love sweater weather and the beauty of the leaves on the trees changing colors. I am by no means a great photographer, however, I am reading as much as I can to get better. I found these great tips on the Artifact Uprising Blog on how to take great fall photos. I hope you enjoy the tips and be sure to check out more great articles and tips on Artifact Uprisings website.

It’s (arguably) the most wonderful time of the year: the air cools, the leaves change, and we head outside to capture the kind of photos that we return to all year. Inspired by this transition of seasons, we’ve pulled together our favorite tips to capture these once-in-a-year photos.

TIP 01

Look Up

There’s no denying it: this season is marked by an abundance of color. To find new perspective, locate a tree that catches your eye and get low to the ground — framing the leaves of the tree against the sky. The blues and grays above will isolate the colors of the tree, and you'll walk away with an appreciation for keeping your eyes on the sky.

Take Action

  • 1. Look for a colorful tree

  • 2. Make sure you're low to the ground

  • 3. Frame the tree against the sky

TIP 02

Find Fog

While the cooler air takes over, the fog starts to settle in — which leads to those moody photos we wait all year for. The fog itself softens the scene, making everything in front of it stand out. With this in mind, find an object in the foreground (like the boat and bridge pictured above) to help create depth in the image. The fog also tends to diffuse light, so you might need to edit the photo in a way that adds saturation back.

Take Action

  • 1. Find an object in the foreground

  • 2. Tap to expose on the object

  • 3. Edit to increase saturation

TIP 03

Maximize Movement

Those split-second moments of movement will stand out even more with nature's best backdrop. Put your phone in "burst" mode and press the shutter continually — your pup running, car moving, or heartening reaction will be captured in no time.

Take Action

  • 1. Frame your subject against a background of color

  • 2. Quickly swipe left on your phone to put it in camera mode

  • 3. Change into burst mode & continually press the shutter

TIP 04

Elevate Yourself

Landscapes dramatically change during this time of the year, and the best spot to pay witness to this transition is from a bird's-eye-view. Get up high (by finding a rooftop, peak of a mountain, windy mountain road), and you'll have the best vantage point of the canvas of color that's below you. Once you're above the trees, tap to focus on the landscape. Then, drag the sun icon down to decrease the exposure (as there will be a lot of light coming through your lens!).

Take Action

  • 1. Get above the trees

  • 2. Tap on the landscape to focus and drag down the exposure

  • 3. Edit to increase saturation if needed

TIP 05

Make A Mirror

With lower light and grey skies, water tends to reflect more easily. As the sun dips, shadows become more powerful and reflections become more clear. Head out to the water's edge to practice, and make sure you increase the contrast after you snap the photo (the details will be more clear).

Take Action

  • 1. Get to the water's edge

  • 2. Tap to focus on the water

  • 3. Edit to increase contrast

TIP 06

Frame the Shot

Whether it be your trusted outdoor sleeping spot or favorite mountain road, you'll want to remember the experiences that filled your season. Prioritize framing your shot with these details in the picture; you'll add character to your photos and fill your camera roll with an archival of your days.

Take Action

  • 1. Frame your object within the subject (keep in mind rule of thirds!)

  • 2. Tap on the object to focus

  • 3. Snap away

TIP 07

Look for Falling Light

As the days become shorter, the golden hour becomes a little Pay attention to this fleeting light, looking for all of the ways it falls on the surrounding landscape. It might be grazing the peaks of a mountain, filtering through the trees, or plummeting between a valley. No matter how it falls, make sure you capture it.

Take Action

  • 1. Look for where the light is starting to fall

  • 2. Tap below the light to properly expose

  • 3. Once editing, add contrast and bump up the exposure a tad

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