How to capture autumnal abstracts: video guide

What to look for

1. A good location

Obviously, you’ll need to visit an outdoor space with a variety of autumn foliage and colours to capture. We were lucky enough to spend a day at Westonbirt Arboretum, located in Gloucestershire, England. Local parks and wooded areas work too – just make sure you time your visit to coincide with the turning leaves.

2. Interesting light

Forests and parks are places of inherent contrast. Lighting also varies dramatically, both in terms of the weather and also depending on the thickness and height of the leafy canopy. Explore your location and look for interesting patterns, compositions and contrasts and created by a variety of leaves and trees.

3. A different viewpoint

Look up, down, all around you. If your camera has a vari-angle LCD screen, use it to get unusual compositions and perspectives. Live View should be turned on. We liked using a wide aperture and crouching down low to include out of focus leaves in the foreground.

4. Experimental methods

Now’s your chance to try some wacky techniques – the ones you’ve needed a good excuse for! Free-lensing (detaching the lens from the DSLR and angling it around in front as you shoot) gives charming light leaks. Panning your DSLR while using an exposure of 1/30 sec or longer works well too.

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