10 fall-proof steps to amazing autumn photographs

10 fall-proof steps to amazing autumn photographs
(Image credit: 김 대정)

The fall season is one of the favorite times of year for many photographers. The combination of stunning autumnal color and detail, and the sheer extent of the transformation of the landscape, inspires wonder like few other times of year. Sure, snow-covered hills are truly beautiful to behold and summer light can give unique shadows, but autumn is the season where we get to explore familiar locations in a whole new way.

With all of this photographic potential at our fingertips it is easy to get carried away, and head out with the assumption that the physical changes to the environment will be enough to deliver stunning images. It is critical to understand the psychological reasons why fall images resonate with viewers, however, and how best to use color, light and detail to tell a story of the season and capture the atmosphere. It’s not as straightforward as it looks! Here we explore 10 professional secrets to truly magnetic autumn scenes…

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Peter Fenech

As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

After cutting his teeth working in retail for camera specialists like Jessops, he has spent 11 years as a photography journalist and freelance writer – and he is a Getty Images-registered photographer, to boot.

No matter what you want to shoot, Peter can help you sharpen your skills and elevate your ability, whether it’s taking portraits, capturing landscapes, shooting architecture, creating macro and still life, photographing action… he can help you learn and improve.