How To Photograph Autumn Colours

Learn How To Photograph Autumn Colours: Autumn Colours Photography tips by Richard Young

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. Select subjects that make the most of the yellow and orange foliage. Look for contrasting backgrounds, reflections and strong compositions created by vibrant autumn colours. 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.


Landscapes: Try to find landscapes that are full of burnt oranges, warm yellows and other autumn shades.


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

Wanaka Autumn Photography Workshop


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.

Autumn Wanaka


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.

Best Location for Autumn in New Zealand

If there is one part of New Zealand that has the best place for autumn colours it has to be Central Otago, the banks of the mighty Clutha river and landscape around Wanaka, Alexandra and Arrowtown, as they become awash with golden colours for the month of April.Click here for our Central Otago Autumn Colour Gallery

Autumn Photography Workshops

Based in Wanaka & Central Otago our Autumn Workshops are programmed in for the month of April when the Autumn colours are at their best. Utilising comfortable 4WD vehicles we will take you into some of the most interesting autumnal locations in Central Otago. Our 4-Day Autumn Masterclass in Wanaka offers the ultimate autumn learning experience to master your landscape photography and our 4-Day Autumn 4WD Adventure is tailored for more experienced photographers so we can focus entirely on a deeper more expressive understanding of photography.

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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