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Photographing Fall Foliage

Hints of autumn are popping up everywhere and now is the time to think about getting some spectacular photos of the changing season. When photographing fall foliage here are some easy tips:


  1. Underexpose to deepen tones and make colors pop.

  2. Set your white balance to daylight if you're shooting during the golden hour. This is especially important if you're shooting JPGs.

  3. Use a polarizing filter to avoid glare.

  4. Shoot when the sun is lower in the sky.

  5. Go out right after it stops raining. The rain will bring out the fall colors.

  6. If they sky is white, try to leave it out of your composition. However, the softer light helps to bring out smaller details free of harsh shadows.

  7. Backlighting will give leaves a warm glow and reveal details in the leaves.

So get out there and take advantage of the Minnesota autumn and enjoy the season.

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