With experience I came to see the yearly color extravaganza as an opportunity to sharpen basic photographic skills and explore new techniques that are applicable anywhere. Here are your tips, friends.
1. Polarizing the Light
Is it trite to say that photography is all about light? Fall offers a time to get out and experiment with the subtle effects created by the changing light and angles of the sun. I’ve always kept extra gadgets to a minimum, as I prefer to exploit “available light.” However, the reflectiveness of shiny leaves and vertical rock surfaces makes a polarizer absolutely indispensable. A slight twist of this filter can reduce reflections on shiny surfaces, and can also produce dramatically saturated colors in an otherwise drab scene.
2. Working with Early & Late Sunlight
The most consistently reliable photographic “trick” is to shoot in early morning or evening light. Low sun angles produce natural side lighting with rich shadows that enhance the texture and depth of landscapes, and the warm light lends a nostalgic glow to your images.
A polarizer is at its maximum effectiveness when the view is at a right angle to the sun’s…