• Daniel Wretham

A Photography Guide to Autumn

Updated: Feb 6, 2020

It's finally here, that wonderful time of year that photographers the world over look forward too.

Why is autumn so special to a photographer ? Well, it brings so much with it, beautiful changing colours on the leaves of trees, unpredictable conditions, chances of mist, rainbows etc....

Autumn forest dream, landscape photography

F16, ISO 50, 1/2 a second 24mm

On the flip side autumn can be a total wash out and ruin all chances of decent images so it's a tricky time.

For me however, with a bit of careful planning and a little bit of luck with the elements it's the chance to get some really special images.

I for one put so much faith in the autumn months that I actually save most of my years holiday for these months so I can make the most of the wonderful colours and mood that nature has to offer.

In fact i have trips booked to Wales, Scotland & of course England over the next two months.

So what should you shoot in autumn and where ?

For me the main lure is the colours of the trees, these striking shades of gold & crimson are enough to set any pulse racing and even for non photographers they can instantly relate to an image of autumn.

The great thing about this is the fact that it's pretty much available to everyone no matter where you live in the UK.

Everywhere has areas of trees, even in the largest of cities so theres a very strong chance that you will be able to find nice colours right on your door step, you don't need to travel miles and miles for this.

That said certain areas are more spectacular than others.

autumn pictures, light

F16, ISO 50, 0.5 Seconds, 105 mm

Just simply shooting a handful of colourful trees though isn't enough, how can you combine other elements to make these especially effective ?

Light, ok so your tired of me banging on about light but it's amazing how many people don't use this to their advantage and incorporate it into a shot.

Trees with golden leaves look lovely as they are, but when they are bathed in the warm golden glow of the golden hour then they become magical and pop for want of a better word and it's well worth waiting it out for that right moment for the trees to be at their best and glowing.

Getting up high and looking down on trees is a great way to capture their beauty as the light sweeps across them and an otherwise dull landscape can come alive due to colours and light and once again is instantly identified with your viewer.

corfe castle mist, autumn corfe castle

F18, ISO 50, 0.5 Seconds, 237 mm

So what else is available in autumn, with the constantly changing temperatures and potential wet weather there is a good chance of some early morning mist.

So what actually causes mist and what should you look out for to give you the best chance ? Where does it form and when ?