How To Photograph Autumn Colours Photography

Learn How To Photograph Autumn Colours Photography: Autumn Colours Photography tips

Autumn Colours

Autumn offers one of the best times for photography with landscapes that are full of burnt oranges, warm
yellows, and other beautiful autumn shades. Shooting during the ‘golden hour’ in autumn will add a soft, warm
glow to colours that are already vibrant and also increases the sense of atmosphere that is conveyed by the
scene. Mood is often key when photographing in autumn, so don’t be afraid to go out with your camera on
rainy days. Forests, lakes, and rivers are good options to photograph in overcast conditions.


Bright colours and bold shapes become abundant in autumn, reflections can be used to enhance these elements.


Instead of photographing a grand view, try capturing a smaller more intimate shot. Make the most of the fallen leaves and look for little details, taking time to scout the scene trying to find a subject that catches your eye.


Look for a single tree in a wide sweeping landscape, this can create a dramatic shot. Also, try shooting under the forest canopy looking up at the foliage or using natural features to frame your subject.

Use a Circular Polariser

This filter is your best friend in autumn whether you’re in the forest or capturing an open scenic view. On rainy or overcast days a polariser will remove unwanted glare from wet shiny leaves.

Visit some of the best South Island locations for Autumn photography on our Wild South Island Tour. Find out more about the workshop by clicking here!
About the Author
Richard Young is a full-time landscape and wildlife photographer based in Wellington. He has been guiding groups of photographers in New Zealand since 2010 and founded New Zealand Photography Workshops in 2013.

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