Fall Photos That Pop!

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. There are so many fun activities to do, sights to see, and smells to savor. It’s the perfect opportunity to capture some fun shots that showcase the season.
Before you head out on your next fall adventure, here are a few things to consider when taking pictures.

Orientation. It might seem like a small detail, but deciding whether to shoot horizontal or vertical can really impact your photo. In this image of pumpkins from a local farm, I chose to shoot horizontal to show just how many there were spread out on the grass. Shooting it straight up and down would have cut out a lot of those gorgeous gourds. If I was shooting tall trees or buildings, it would be better to shoot vertical to convey a sense of height. The idea is to think before you shoot!

Light. It’s one of the most important elements in photography. If you are out apple picking this fall or searching for the perfect pumpkin to carve, keep an eye on where the sun is. Early morning or late afternoon is best because the sun is low in the sky and you don’t have to worry about harsh shadows or squinting eyes. If the middle of the day is your only option, try to keep the sun behind your subject. On this particular day, it was super foggy, but I love how it adds drama and mystery to the pictures.

Details. This is the fun part! Capturing the details of the season, like the leaves changing color, pretty flowers, Halloween decorations, apple cider, pumpkin muffins, home made doughnuts; I could go on and on. Details help to tell a more complete story. Don’t over look them!

Stacy Canzonieri, of Stacy Mae Photography, is a natural light, family photographer in New Jersey. She is married with 2 beautiful girls and a sweet pit bull that she adopted last September. You can see more of her work at www.stacymaephotography.com

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