How to Take Great Foliage PhotosLeaf-peep your brains out this fall. Then bring home some photographic memories that actually replicate the brain-popping colors you just witnessed. Here's how:
- Motivate on wet mornings after a rain; bright foliage often awaits.
- Use a polarizing filter, which enhances foliage color by eliminating reflected glare from leaf surfaces.
- Adjust the white balance setting on your camera appropriately to ensure your shot has sufficiently “warm” colors (reds, oranges).
- Auto-white balance settings for “shade” and “direct sun” will add the greatest warming effects to your shots.
- Watch for overcast days and cloudy moments to provide even lighting, especially in forest settings.
- Avoid taking pictures in glaring midday sun, which creates both harsh contrast and diminished colors. Seek morning and evening shots for the best lighting.
This column originally appeared in the print edition of AMCOutdoors along with the column "Tough Shots: Rugged cameras for the backcountry."
(Photograph by iStock.)