Autumn Photography

Autumn is the most photographic of all the seasons. The once green trees turn to shades of red, brown and yellow. The misty mornings give landscapes an eerie feel and animals start to make last-minute preparations for hibernation or put on dramatic displays.

Stag silhouettes

Stags lock antlers in ferocious battles as they compete for females. This takes place from September to November.

It is best to shoot from a distance for safety reasons as they is a small chance that they could attack you. A long telephoto lens with a wide aperture helps to separate the deer from their background.

A classic image is to shoot into the light on an early, misty morning.

Autumn portraits

With the low sun in the sky you will be able to get a well-lit shot without the need for flash or reflectors up until late morning or from early afternoon, simply face the models into the sun.

Throwing or kicking leaves adds a sense of movement and fun to the shot. Use aperture priority mode on your camera with an aperture of around f/4.


The golden hour – directly after sunrise or just before sunset – is the best time for photography as the light has a soft, warm quality. Usually meaning you have to get up early to make the most of it.

However, in Autumn sunrise gets later and later. Plus the sun stays lower in the sky for longer meaning that the ‘hour’ lasts a little longer.

Always shoot with the sun behind you to capture elongated shadows or into the sun for dramatic sunrises. Plus a set of ND filters usually come in handy.


Autumn can be a busy time for animals as they prepare for winter. It is important to learn the habits of your target species. Make sure you use a telephoto lens so that you don’t get too close and scare them off.

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