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Best Camera Settings for Fall Foliage Photography

November 8, 2018 10:24 am

Fall photography can be a joy with all the autumn colors, sounds, and smells inspiring you to have fun with your camera. The emotion conveyed by the fabulous colors of fall foliage and weather display a great subject range. Smoldering leaves, bright & sunny days, and overcast days will make a difference to your photographs. However, amazing photos won’t just happen. You require the right camera techniques to capture the mood and emotion of this time of year. The following tips should guide you in your journey towards producing fine autumn photographs.


To help keep your photographs as sharp as possible, use a low ISO setting. A higher ISO setting offers a more grainy appearance although this may be needed when it’s a dark day. This grainy appearance is known as noise.

Fall Foliage Backlight

Photographic masterpieces are defined by how they use light to provide the emotion and texture required. In the case of photographs of fall foliage, backlight provides color and luminance in abundance since the leaves in their translucent orange, red, and yellow colors allow light to pass through them. The backlight may be intense but the color will be bold and vibrant. However, be mindful of lens flare. Use a lens hood on the front element of the lens to shade it. You can also use the bill of your cap or your hand.


Fall photography calls for lenses with a longer focal length ranging from 200mm to 400mm. They enable the isolation of textures, shapes, and patterns. A long lens requires a sturdy tripod, mirror lock, and a cable release for sharp images.

Longer Exposure

A slow shutter speed arises when shooting waterfalls or forested streams, by combining low ISO settings for quality, smaller apertures for depth of field, and a polarizer to cut glare. These slow shutter speeds provide the best chances to produce ethereal images of flowing water.

The ideal places for these shots include areas where fallen leaves have collected such as waterfall bases or slow-moving streams. The colorful leaves in wide-angle images offer excellent foreground elements or primary elements when you zoom in as they lie on swirling eddy lines or slow currents. This intimate composition in its swirling nature provides a beautiful twirl of colors. The leaf volume, speed, and current direction may affect how the swirl will look like, so you might want to experiment with a shutter speed length and ISO settings for beautiful fall photography.

Shallow Depth Of Field

This camera technique echoes emotion. It provides photographs with a more contemplative and quieter mood through a shallow depth of field. It also draws the eye towards subjects within the photographs and the important details within. An image with a shallow depth of field is achieved by using larger apertures.


Colorful reflections are some perks of fall photography. They provide amazing vignettes and abstracts, combining cool ones from the shade with warm reflective colors. A long lens will give you the tight shots you need. Experiment with the white balance depending on the weather and make note of any preferences. This camera technique is great for learning. A shutter release cable should be used when using a tripod.

No way to deny it, fall has a certain emotion to it. The camera settings just need a few tweaks to bring out the color and emotion of fall. And when it’s time to pick out the perfect frame for your gorgeous photo, Baboo Digital has you covered.