There’s no denying it: this season is marked by an abundance of color. To find new perspective, locate a tree that catches your eye and get low to the ground — framing the leaves of the tree against the sky. The blues and grays above will isolate the colors of the tree, and you’ll walk away with an appreciation for keeping your eyes on the sky.
While the cooler air takes over, the fog starts to settle in — which leads to those moody photos we wait all year for. The fog itself softens the scene, making everything in front of it stand out. With this in mind, find an object in the foreground (like the boat and bridge pictured below) to help create depth in the image. The fog also tends to diffuse light, so you might need to edit the photo in a way that adds saturation back.
Landscapes dramatically change during this time of the year, and the best spot to pay witness to this transition is from a bird’s-eye-view. Get up high (by finding a rooftop, peak of a mountain, windy mountain road), and you’ll have the best vantage point of the canvas of color that’s below you. Once you’re above the trees, tap to focus on the landscape. Then, drag the sun icon down to decrease the exposure (as there will be a lot of light coming through your lens!).
Those split-second moments of movement will stand out even more with nature’s best backdrop. Put your phone in “burst” mode and press the shutter continually — your pup running, car moving, or heartening reaction will be captured in no time.
Make A Mirror
With lower light and grey skies, water tends to reflect more easily. As the sun dips, shadows become more powerful and reflections become more clear. Head out to the water’s edge to practice, and make sure you increase the contrast after you snap the photo (the details will be more clear).
Frame the Shot
Whether it be your trusted outdoor sleeping spot or favorite mountain road, you’ll want to remember the experiences that filled your season. Prioritize framing your shot with these details in the picture; you'll add character to your photos and fill your camera roll with an archive of your days.
Look for Falling Light
As the days become shorter, the golden hour becomes a little more...gold. Pay attention to this fleeting light, looking for all of the ways it falls on the surrounding landscape. It might be grazing the peaks of a mountain, filtering through the trees, or plumetting between a valley. No matter how it falls, make sure you capture it.