A quick tip for those of you who, like me, are in the part of the world where autumn is coming.
If you want beautiful fall colours, you need to keep two things in mind:
- Brightness. Expose properly, and when vegetation is concerned that means expose less than your meter wants. Foliage is dark and you need to tell your camera that. So use exposure compensation as needed – minus 1 stop is not uncommon.
- Colour. Be sure to set your camera to the correct white balance. This usually means “daylight” or “cloudy”: the default “auto” (AWB) setting may get rid of the beautiful radiant colours.
And the colours are starting. Here, a couple of shots I shot while on my way to Drumbo this past weekend, to shoot the Drumbo Country Fair. Those colours are on their way:
Of course I could not possibly have been shooting this handheld while driving: that would not be allowed in Ontario. Right?
And here’s a snap from what I was shooting:
One more tip: for best fall colours, either shoot late in the day (the “golden hour”), or early in the morning (if you can get up, early morning light is just as beautiful, plus there is little wind). And know where the sun is!
I find foliage is quite reflective, plants and trees look better if a circular polarizer is used.
Depending on the light type and direction, they definitely can be. Indeed, it is wise to always carry a polarizer.