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10 Creative Ideas for Autumn Photography

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Autumn is the perfect time of year for cozy moments, hot beverages, and breathtaking sceneries.

It’s also the perfect excuse to get into creative autumn photography that will improve your skills and impress your models.

10. Focus on Falling Leaves to Create Unique Compositions

Beautiful autumn photography of falling leaves in the foreground of a female model

Falling leaves are a classic in autumn photography. But this idea is so popular, it might make your photos look like any other autumn portrait.

To avoid this, experiment with different perspectives and compositions. You’ll take photos of the same subjects without making them look boring.

For example, your subject doesn’t always have to be in focus.

For something a little abstract, set your aperture to f/1.8 (any small number will do). Focus away from your subject as they throw leaves in the air.

This will highlight a couple of leaves and turn your subject into an outline.

You can also experiment with freelensing. Or use a Lensbaby to create an intense blur in specific parts of your photos.

9. To Take It Even Further, Paint the Leaves

Beautiful autumn photography of colorful leaves on the ground

Another way to breathe life into autumn photography is to paint your leaves.

You can intensify the colors if they’re dull. Or paint them a completely different color for a surreal effect.

You can also use painted leaves as backgrounds, foregrounds, or simple props that your subject can hold.

This is perfect for family photography, especially if small children are involved. You can distract them with eco paint. And take candid photos at the same time.

8. Choose an Outfit That Complements Autumn’s Colours

Beautiful autumn photography of a female model in orange posing in front of orange leaved trees

Some of the most beautiful autumn photos feature subjects that seem to blend in with their surroundings.

This isn’t typically desirable in other photography genres. But it’s a winner in autumn photography.

Before your photo shoot, ask your model to wear an outfit with red, orange, and yellow tones.

Include scarves, hats, and warmer clothes in your photos. The more realistic your model’s outfit, the cozier and more unique your photos will look.

7. Take Photos in the Morning for a Golden Light Effect

Beautiful autumn photography of a person sitting on a log in a forest sitting indoors

Autumn may not be the sunniest time of year. But it does come with warm golden light at certain times of the day.

This light is softer than typical golden hour light. It is ideal for dreamy outdoor photos.

Don’t forget to make the most of the autumn light. Use direct light to take classic portraits, backlight to create a golden haze, and side light for atmospheric portraits.

6. Take Photos from a Very Low Angle to Capture More Surroundings

Autumn portrait of a couple holding hands in a forest
Portraiture is rarely associated with low angles. To make your autumn photography look flattering, have your models stand with their backs to your camera. This is a great way to emphasise a couple’s relationship or just put a spotlight on their outfits.

Autumn photography isn’t just about your models. It’s about their surroundings. You can capture a location in many ways. One of the easiest methods involves low angles.

Shooting from a low angle will let you capture both your subjects and their surroundings. This is perfect for locations with lots of trees and a beautiful sky.

5. Take Adorable Photos of Babies in Pumpkins to Create a Festive Feeling

 Adorable outdoor portrait photos of a baby in a pumpkin

It goes without saying that pumpkins and autumn are inseparable. Even if you don’t live in America.

Aside from the Halloween-related pumpkin carvings, you can use these vibrant props as costumes for children!

Photos like the one above are ideal for family and children photographers who need a boost of creativity. You can carve holes in a pumpkin so the baby has more space to move around.

You can also use this idea to photograph pets!

Of course, there are also plenty of Halloween photography scenes you can use pumpkins for too.

4. Throw Leaves at Your Model to Let Them Pose Freely

Autumn portrait of a female model throwing leaves in the air.

Autumn photography features people posing the same way while throwing leaves in the air.

To make this idea more interesting, throw leaves at your subject while they pose without restrictions. You’ll get the leaf-throwing concept. And you’ll be able to experiment with interesting angles at the same time.

It’s impossible to throw leaves at someone and hold your camera at the same time. You can use a tripod and a timer or ask someone to throw the leaves for you.

3. Use a Wide-Angle Lens to Take Atmospheric Landscape Photos

An outdoor portrait of a female model sitting on rocks amidst a beautiful mountainous landscape - fall photography tips
If you want your autumn photography to be detailed, use a small aperture like f/22. This will ensure that both your model and the surrounding landscape are in focus.

The months of autumn are the perfect opportunity to take more landscape photos. Especially if you’re going to travel soon.

You can easily capture your model’s surroundings by using a wide-angle lens.

A wide-angle lens will help you create “wider” compositions. This means your results will look more atmospheric.

Keep in mind that your photos might look distorted if you use the wrong angles. To avoid this, always keep your model in the center of your photo.

2. Combine Fairy Lights With Warm Autumn Colours to Create Cosy Portraits

An outdoor portarit of a female model holding a lantern in front of her face - fall photography tips

Fairy lights are often used in nighttime photography to create glowing portraits. You can also use them in the autumn to add a touch of dreaminess to your shoot.

You can use fairy lights to add bokeh to your background or make your portraits more interesting.

Your model can hold fairy lights in front of their face to add a sparkle to their eyes.

For the best results, use colored fairy lights that complement autumn’s reds, yellows, and oranges.

1. Have a Homey Indoor Photoshoot With Your Loved Ones

A cosy indoor portrait of a female model and a dog - autumn photography tips
Autumn isn’t as evident indoors as it is outdoors. To make your autumn photography look autumnal, create a cozy atmosphere in the room. Use autumn-related mugs and outfits.

One of the downfalls of shooting in autumn is the weather. If the weather isn’t ideal, you can take photos indoors.

Indoor photography tends to be cozy and warm. This makes it perfect for family and couple photography.

You can also use someone’s home to emphasize their personality. And it’ll give your photos more meaning.

You can practice before your shoot by taking photos of your own friends and family.

When it comes to lighting, take photos next to a large window. You can also use a reflector to create even light on your model’s face.

Conclusion

Autumn’s colors, landscapes, and light create the perfect outdoor and indoor studio for every kind of photographer.

All you have to do is go out and make the most of your surroundings!

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