Autumn Foliage—Two Tips for Digital Photographers

Here’s two tips for making more brilliant autumn foliage photos:

  1. Aim to catch late season foliage when there are more brown leaves than green.
  2. Don’t use the auto white balance. Instead set your white balance manually, preferably to ‘cloudy’ or ‘shade.’ This will accentuate the red, yellow and orange hues of the leaves.
 Late season foliage offers fewer green leaves and more red and brown. By contrast early season foliage may only feature a few brightly colored trees offset by a virtual sea of green. While when you outside the eye is drawn to the odd red tree, in a photograph too often the lone red tree is lost in the otherwise green foliage.
Late season foliage offers fewer green leaves and more red and brown. By contrast early season foliage may only feature a few brightly colored trees offset by a virtual sea of green. When  you are outside the eye is drawn to the odd red tree, but in a photograph too often the lone red tree is lost in the otherwise green foliage.
CSXT eastward autorack train symbol Q264 rolls through East Brookfield, Massachusetts in late October 2015.
CSXT eastward autorack train symbol Q264 rolls through East Brookfield, Massachusetts in late October 2015.

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3 thoughts on “Autumn Foliage—Two Tips for Digital Photographers”

  1. Very useful tip! BTW, that was a nice shot across the water with wonderful perspective – did you place the camera at ground level?

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