I just wanted to create a quick post to share a few small tips that I've learned about photographing the fall foliage.
One thing that I often do when photographing the fall colors, is that I often underexpose my photos by 1/2 to 2/3 of a stop. It helps get more saturation in the color of the foliage (fall photos are all about the color, right?)
Another thing I like to do, is to photograph the fall foliage over a body of water, such as a lake. This does a couple of things. First the reflection of the trees in the water doubles the amount of color present in the photograph. And second, you can use the water to create a sense of contrast between the cool colors of the water and the warm colors of the foliage.
If you are taking photographs in the middle of the day when the sun light is pretty harsh, try using a polarizing filter. Tree leaves reflect a lot of light believe it or not. When your camera picks up that reflected light it tends to wash out some of that precious color your trying to capture. The polarizing filter will help with that reflected light and also has the added benefit of pulling more detail in any clouds that you may have in your photo.
Lastly if it's overcast out, don't worry, the soft filtered sunlight often helps you get deeper and more saturated colors in your photos (just don't underexpose your photos like I mentioned in my first tip). The only thing to really keep in mind when taking photos in these conditions is to try and minimize the amount of grey sky in your photos.
So get out there and get some great fall foliage photos before its too late. And if your so inclined upload them to my FaceBook
page and share them with others, we would love to see them.