Friday, September 12, 2008

Photographing Fall Color

There is no better time of year to take landscape photos than autumn. Those wonderful blue sky days of late September and October naturally lead anyone with a camera to want to record the glorious fall color.

So, what are the secrets to photographing those beautiful autumn images? According to Chuck DeLaney, Dean of the New York Institute of Photography (NYI), the world's oldest and largest photography school, the secret is to start by taking a good landscape photograph.

Good landscape photos (and good photographs in general) start by following some simple rules.

First and foremost, is to know the subject of your photography. In the case of all landscapes you would want to look for subjects that capture the theme of autumn. So, before you snap your picture, think about what in the scene in front of you typifies fall. Is it the color of the trees? Is it the leaves on the ground? Emphasizing the elements that say "fall" in your photos, and removing the elements that distract from your subject, is the first step towards taking great autumn images. Be careful that in your joy in viewing a riot of bright color you don't overlook telephone wires, bare branches or other elements that will detract from the photo.

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