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A quick and simple guide to make your autumn photos more beautiful

Autumn colours are rich and yet muted, often strong but with depth and warmth.

Deep red, dark orange, dark brown, yellow and shades of dusky pink. In Adelaide autumn is the best time of the year, golden colours, warm evenings and some welcome rain. 

To capture the essence of autumn here is my simple fun guide to ensure you have the best photos in town!

Firstly I suggest you choose a day with very little sun.  On a cloudy day you will be able to show the richness and depth of colour that the season of autumn is renowned for...

1. Colours are muted in Autumn so edit with this in mind. I desaturated this image but left the leaves golden brown. Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens
2. Houses surrounded by dead leaves, bare trees and the residue of a long hot summer.
3.Trees.... often have the best display of the muted brown autumn shades. Find a home surrounded by those glamorous trees.
4. Take your shot from within the long fading grasses. Long grass is a perfect item to photograph in Autumn. Its fibrous texture and golden colour make a beautiful picture.
5. Frame your subject with leaves. Shoot through the leaves having them inches from your camera but your subject quite a long way away. Put your camera on aperture mode and set at approx f2.8 - f4.5, this will help you get a beautiful blur in the foreground. Make sure you focus on the distant object and not on the leaves.
Bull framed by dark green leaves.
6. Don't be afraid of damp or rainy weather .....A small river of water and a paper boat. I focused the camera on the boat through the red leaves.
7. Raindrops keep falling on my head. Move as close as possible to those dazzling rain drops
8. Try waiting for misty or foggy days. Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens. Yellow another warm autumn colour.
9. Don't forget to convert some to black and white. Leaves especially look good all white against a darker background.
Have fun.

and don't forget to take a rain coat...  

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Through the beautiful art of photography, I hope that you enjoy the vibrance of the Southern parts of our earth.