Wednesday, September 23, 2015

10 Photo Ideas for Fall

Fall is around the corner and just as with any season that is starting, we need a little inspiration for venturing out with our cameras. I have said it before and will gladly repeat it: fall is my favorite season. Especially the transitional period between summer and fall. There is just so much to experience during this time. I hope to share some of my favorite photo ideas for fall with you. Hopefully you will find them inspirational.


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Photo Ideas for Fall

1. Apples and other Fruit


It's Apple picking season and therefore they should be included in your photos. Fresh picked ones are the best, but I think these small and slightly less perfect ones i found in the forest work as well. Give them a nice rustic background, like wood or a nice old fashioned bowl. Of course, choose to depict fruit that is in season. It's just amazing to look back at the seasons in terms of fruits and vegetables (like pumpkins in fall).


2. Rustic Charm


Venture out into the countryside for fall. You will get much prettier sights then in the cities. As the warm summer season ends, the real work begins here. You can capture activity, as well as quiet moments which are usual for this time of year. But you don't have to necessarily capture whole villages, look for other rustic details as well. Look for barns, wooden doors, strokes of paint, rust or animals.


3. Moody Skies


As the weather is changing, don't be alarmed if clouds cover up the inviting light of the sun. Try to use them to your advantage. Having moody and/or dramatic skies can add that touch of much needed drama to otherwise boring landscapes. Of course if you need a little post-production help in bringing out the drama, you will find a great dramatic landscape tutorial on this blog.


4. Mountains

Not only is this a great time of year to venture out into the mountains, they will start changing color as well and give you many interesting locations to photograph. Look for animal life as well, as most of the animals are preparing for the long winter sleep ahead. Also, go out into deep woods and forests (be safe about it of course), to get moody woods, vibrant leaves, fog or sunset shots.


5. Halloween and Spooky Sights


It's the season of the witch and spooky times are ahead for Halloween. Capture colorful costumes and Halloween decorations. And if Halloween is not celebrated in your parts of the world (like it isn't here where I live), try to capture the spirit of Samhain by shooting graveyards, dark woods and city streets, lonely fields, paths, spooky looking houses, old things, and so on. I love the chill you get when you stare at a slightly unusual image.


6. Home and Decor

Staying inside can be very cozy and calming in the fall season. As the days get shorter and colder, we look for light and warmth inside the house. Capture family gatherings, celebrations, solitary enjoyments, like a warm cup of coffee or cocoa. This is also the time of year when houses have fall colored decor like pumpkins, candles, place settings, flowers and many more.


7. Harvest


Whether you are in the countryside for harvest or are just visiting the local Farmers market, it is the time of year, when the fruits of the long summer season are reaped. Try venturing out into the countryside for harvest time, or make a visit to a apple orchard and pick the fruit yourself. Lots of great activity shots can be taken at this very moment.


8. Trips and Outings

Cooler days are a perfect opportunity to go out and rediscover near sights. Maybe there is no time for a long vacation, but try to get as many weekend trips under your belt before winter is around the corner. I love fall the most when it comes to venturing out. In spring, my allergies can get in the way, and summer is just to hot here. So make it your mission to capture your trips and outings. Remember, you don't have to travel far to enjoy yourself and bring home great photos.


9. Windy Days

It's hard to evoke the sound of nature, but there is just something so therapeutic and calming about windy fall days, so you have to try it. Woods are the perfect place for photos like these. Show the grandeur of nature, solitary moments, and with some luck, the fall winds rushing through the leaves. If your photo camera has a video setting, it's time to turn it on, or go for a fantastic timelapse composition that shows movement.

 

10. Colors of the Season


This list would not be complete without the mentioning of the amazing fall colors. Try to get them as early as possible, as it seems to me, that by the time they become strikingly obvious, they disappear in the blink of an eye. From red, orange to yellow, nature shows, that there is no better way to display vivid colors. Shoot woods and forests, but also city streets that have trees, or try a solitary tree like in the image above.


Do you have any photo ideas for fall? Let me know in the comments below.

40 comments:

  1. Beautiful images, great ideas!
    I love Autumn. We do our away from home wanderings this time of year.

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    1. Me as well. We have a trip planned for Saturday actually, and I hope to share with you all next week.

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    2. Amazing photographs. Thanks for all the tips and suggestions you have given us to encourage us to be more creative in our photoraphy. autumn is a wonderful time.

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  2. Nedostaju mi boje i imidzi Evropske jeseni....ovdje je to sasvim drugacije.

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  3. I am hoping autumn lives up to its rightful state, unlike our summer. Some fine pictures today, Mersad, I love numbers 2, 7 and 9.

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  4. Schöne Impressionen. Ich mag herbst nicht so besonders, oft kalt, nebelig und graus, wie auch heute bei mir. Liebe Grüße

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    1. Hier im Süden ist es halt anders :)

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  5. Hello Mersad, wonderful suggestions and your images are always so beautiful. Well done! Have a happy day!

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  6. Yet another interesting set of images. Thank you.

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  7. Great shots as always, Mersad.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/09/steam-powered-whatchamacallits.html

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  8. Awesome tips! Unfortunately I will have to visit Europe to try them out...we don't have autumn where I live...

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    1. I know. You are really robbed of a great season. But hey, it's only a plane ride away. :)

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  9. It is my goal this season to take more photos in my house. I admit, I have a weakness with indoor photography

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  10. Beautiful ! Thanks for the tips! have a wonderful fall!

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  11. Tolle Bilder wie immer und superschöne Ideen. Ein paar davon habe ich auch schon umgesetzt. Ich finde es ja auch spaßig mit den Farben ein wenig herumzuspielen.....also komplett auszutauschen und eher ein crazy Bild daraus zu entwerfen. Ist mal was ganz anderes. Aber natürlich auch sehr Geschmackssache ;-)! GlG Anne

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  12. all great ideas, the only one i can do here is apples, decor and spooky things. will have to check them out

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  13. Terrific captures of the the beauty of Fall, Mersad!! And such great ideas! Here in the northwest United States Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year and you don't want to ever be without your camera!! Thank you so much, as always, for the inspiration and the wisdom!! Hope your week is going well!!

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  14. Wonderful, inspirational fall photos! I love taking still life shots in fall.

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  15. Great tips! I can't wait until the trees start turning around here.

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  16. These are all quite lovely, but I like 7 and 8 best. Nice work, Mersad.

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  17. Great suggestions, Mersad. I really like your Rustic Charm photo.

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  18. Wonderful tips Mersad, thank you.
    I am happy that fall is starting, its my most favourite season!!


    Thank you for participating in ABC-Wednesday, hope so see you again next week.

    Have a nice abc-week / day

    ♫ Mel☺dy ♫ (abc-e-team)

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  19. We have plenty of moody skies in the UK

    Mollyxxx

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  20. love the cemeteries! not spooky, but historic

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  21. I loved fall too, specially when it was golden. Fantastic tips, also from home when it is rainy ;-) The most beautiful autumn I have had in Canada, Indian Summer is a dream, and if you are getting the chance to go there one day you should do it. I think your camera would glow.

    Wishing you a beautiful day I am sending Islandgreetings

    N☼va

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  22. Wonderful choices and great inspiration. For me, it is always the colours of fall that capture me.

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  23. Great Fall series! Do they celebrate Halloween where you live with costumes, and haunted houses, and pumpkins like in the USA? (I myself am from the Netherlands, but have lived in the USA for more than 3 decades)...

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  24. Beautiful fall shots, Mersad! We don't get the big change of seasons here in S. CA, but still a good time of year for photography.

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  25. I try to take advantage of the colorful leaves.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  26. Really striking images and great ideas, Mersad. The light in autumn is often so beautifully diffused. The leaves are just beginning to turn here, but we were in Alberta (further east and north) this past weekend and their fall is much further ahead so I captured some lovely images there. I might add to your list - water reflections. In fall the colors of the changing leaves reflect beautifully in still water.

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  27. Once again your photos are so inviting. I just want to step right into them. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  28. I like your photo of the apples. We don't often think of the beauty in inperfections.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  29. Great ideas! I just love fall and there is so much to take in and savor.

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  30. Beautiful pictures and ideas. I love autumn/fall it is such a pretty time of year #wordlesswednesday

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  31. 10 great shots, 10 great ideas
    Ciao
    Stefano

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  32. Excellent tips for autumn photography, Mersad. The trees change color here very quickly, and then the leaves fall equally quickly, so I have been out trying to capture as much of the color as I can with my camera lens.

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  33. Ich hab ja noch niemalsnienienie Granatäpfel am Baum gesehen geschweige denn fotografiert. Das sind doch welche auf dem ersten Foto, nicht wahr? Sehrsehr hübsch! Tolle Herbstbilder! GlG Anne

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