Tips For Photographing Fall Color

Photo by Steve Berardi

Photo by Steve Berardi

It looks like autumn might be off to an early start here in the northern hemisphere. A popular blog on California fall color has already reported some really impressive colors seen in the Eastern Sierra.

So, now’s the time to start getting ready to capture all of those amazing colors! Here are a few great tutorials that will help:

Photographing Fall Color – by Ron Bigelow

When I first got into photography, I remember reading through all of Ron Bigelow’s excellent articles. Those articles taught me a lot of what I know about photography, so I thought I’d share his article on photographing fall color. Be sure to check out his other stuff too though.

Fall Foliage Photography Tips – by Bob Atkins

Bob Atkins is another favorite writer/photographer of mine. He’s got some great tips here on post-processing fall foliage photos, and the use of different white balance settings.

Fall Reflections: Adding Water to Your Scene – by Arnab Banerjee

This is a great article from Outdoor Photographer Magazine, that talks about how you can photograph water reflections of fall color.

12 Ways to Capture the Colors of Fall – by Peter West Carey

If you need some inspiration for how to capture those brilliant colors, then this great article by Peter West Carey might help give you some ideas. He covers some of the classic shots (like trails and winding roads), but also has some fresh ideas that you don’t see very often (like frosty leaves).

How To Find Good Locations For Fall Color

This is a post I wrote about how to use Flickr to help you scout out good locations for fall color. Flickr has a powerful search tool that allows you to search by date range, so it’s great for finding out what the trees look like at a certain location before you actually go there.

What did I miss?

If you know of another great tutorial on photographing fall color, or have a tip to share, please tell us about it by leaving a comment below. Thanks! 🙂

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steveb2About the Author: Steve Berardi is a naturalist, photographer, software engineer, and founder of PhotoNaturalist. You can usually find him hiking in the beautiful mountains and deserts of southern California.


  1. Thanks for the list of article on photographing fall foliage. I added a link to it in the fall foliage section of Natural History Wandering. I have a section on fall color that your readers may find helpful at:
    It includes:
    Nationwide Fall Foliage – Links to Reports and Locations
    California Fall Foliage – Links to Reports and Locations
    Colorado Fall Foliage – Links to Reports, Locations and Drives
    Canadian Fall Foliage – Links to Reports and Drives
    Fall Foliage Articles – Articles and webcams on U.S. Locations and Drives
    Photo Tips for Fall Foliage – Articles on Photographing Fall Foliage

  2. Just letting you know that I came by to do some more reading today. Thanks.

  3. Thanks, Sandy, for posting the great links on your site! 🙂

  4. Thanks for the great links, Steve!

  5. Don’t know if it was discusses in the links you forwarded Steve, but unless shooting landscapes, it is best to photograph Fall leaves in the shade or on a cloudy day for better colour saturation and eliminate ‘black’ shadows.

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