Photographing flowers in the fall can be a beautiful way to capture the changing colours and textures of the season.

9 Great tips to help you make this possible:

  1. Choosing the right time of day is critical: The best light is early morning and late afternoon for photography where the light is softer and warmer and slightly diffused. Try to take advantage of the golden hour, this is the period shortly after sunrise or before sunset, for beautiful, warm light and clarity. the light is short and normally free of harsh shadows and dappled light.
  2. Find Interesting Subjects: If you are not an avid “flower person” and your knowledge is more on the beauty than the actual flowers name and history, look for flowers that are still in bloom during this season. While many flowers may have withered, you can still find colourful red and orange coloured leaves, seed heads, and berries that can make compelling subjects. Look for contrast in colours and textures to create visually that normally result in appealing compositions.
  3. Use a Macro Lens: A macro lens allows you to capture fine details and get close-up shots of flowers. It can help you emphasize the intricate patterns and textures of the petals, leaves, or seed heads. Alternatively, you can use extension tubes or close-up filters to achieve similar results with your existing lens. A macro Len need not be expensive, consider a 50mm “nifty fifty prime for starters where the quality and sharpness is crisp and at the same time the bokeh is smooth and soft making the subject pop.
  4. Compose Your Shot: Pay attention to the composition of your photograph. Use the rule of thirds or other composition techniques to create a balanced and visually pleasing image, although having said this, you should also make use of references of this nature on sites like Pinterest where you are spoilt for choice and concept. Experiment with different angles and perspectives, such as shooting from above or getting down to the flower’s level for a unique viewpoint. The end result is to establish “your signature” and style.
  5. Utilize Depth of Field: Play with depth of field to control what is in focus and create a sense of depth in your images. For close-up shots, use a wide aperture (low f-stop number) to isolate the subject and create a blurry background. Alternatively, if you want to capture more of the scene in focus, use a narrower aperture (higher f-stop number). You can learn how these settings work on your camera to achieve great results by attending a short practical photography workshop.
  6. Pay Attention to Background and Lighting: Be mindful of the background in your photos. Look for clean, uncluttered backgrounds that don’t distract from the main subject. Consider using a reflector or diffuser to control lighting and reduce harsh shadows. Be aware of the direction and quality of light to create the desired mood and emphasise textures. Again, may suggest a short photography workshop on lighting, either indoor or natural, as your lighting is the key factor to any great photograph.
  7. Experiment with Colours and Textures: Autumn provides a wide variety of colours and textures to choose from. Look for complementary colour combinations or contrasting elements to make your photos visually striking. Explore different angles and perspectives to capture the unique textures of flowers and foliage as well as the focal points on your camera.
  8. Capture Details and Patterns: Don’t forget to zoom in on smaller details, such as dewdrops on petals or intricate patterns on leaves and even small insects like ladybirds or bees. These details can add interest and uniqueness to your images in providing a different facet of life to your photograph. Make sure you have a tripod on hand for sharper and more precise shots when photographing intricate details or even when using a very low shutter speed for achieving an art abstract effect.
  9. Consider your Edit and Post: Once you have captured your images, you can enhance them further through post-processing. Use photo editing software such as Lightroom and photoshop, or even the open source options like Gimp to adjust exposure, contrast, and colour balance to tailor your image. Thereafter, you can crop your images to improve composition or emphasise certain parts of the subject. A short practical workshop on editing is also useful and will definitely save you a lot of time and effort in the finish.

Remember, photography is an art form, so don’t be afraid to experiment and let your creativity take over while you have fun exploring your passion each step of the way. Generally speaking, from myside, I tend to learn faster when I am focused on something I love… strange that! Enjoy the learning journey of capturing the beauty of the autumn flowers, the clouds and the landscape while exploring different techniques and perspectives.

Tips on how best to photograph landscapes:

Again, let me add that the best time of day to photograph landscapes is typically during the “golden hour,” the sun is low in the sky, creating soft, warm light that enhances the colours, textures, and overall mood of the landscape. The light during the golden hour is more flattering and less harsh compared to midday when the sun is directly overhead.

It is important to take note of the time of year as the golden hour is time specific and will vary depending on the season and your location. Note that this period of time is short and the quality of light will change throughout the golden hour reign, so it’s worth doing a “quick informal check” by experimenting with different times within that window to find the optimal lighting for your specific scene. Alternatively, and to save time and effort, update yourself with the latest weather forecasts for that area at the time of the shoot.

It’s also worth mentioning that landscapes can be photographed at other times of the day and not only during the golden hour depending on the conditions and the mood you want to convey. Cloudy weather, or overcast days can create a soft and diffused light that works well for capturing more subtle and landscapes, while the sunrise and sunset can produce spectacular colours in the sky, which add a dramatic feel to your shot

Ultimately, this will all depend on the specific scene, lighting conditions, and the creative vision you have in mind for your photographs. So, try to scout locations in advance, read the weather and lighting patterns, and plan your time accordingly to avoid disappointment. Poor light is not an option, it does not matter how hard you try to make things work, you will not be satisfied.

Camera gear and lenses that can help you achieve great results

  1. DSLR or Mirrorless Camera: Look for a camera that offers manual controls, good image quality, and the ability to shoot in RAW format for maximum flexibility during post-processing.
  2. Macro Lens: A dedicated macro lens allows you to get extremely close to your subjects and capture intricate details of flowers. Look for a lens with a 1:1 magnification ratio or higher for maximum magnification.
  3. Wide-Angle Lens: A wide-angle lens is ideal for capturing expansive landscapes, allowing you to include more of the scene in your frame. Look for a lens with a focal length between 16mm and 35mm (full-frame equivalent) for a wider perspective.
  4. Standard Zoom Lens: A versatile zoom lens with a focal length range of around 24mm to 70mm (full-frame equivalent) can be useful for capturing landscapes with different compositions and perspectives.

Additional Gear: (which helps…)

  1. Tripod: A sturdy tripod is essential for landscape photography as it allows you to keep your camera stable and capture sharp images, especially during longer exposures or in low-light situations.
  2. Filters: Consider using filters to enhance your landscape shots. A circular polarizing filter can reduce glare and increase color saturation, while neutral density (ND) filters can help you achieve longer exposures and smooth out water or cloud movement.
  3. Remote Shutter Release: A remote shutter release or cable release can minimize camera shake when taking long exposures or using a tripod, ensuring sharper images.
  4. Lens Cleaning Kit: It’s important to keep your lenses clean, especially when photographing flowers up close, where dust and debris can be more noticeable. Remember not to change lenses in dusty or damp environments as this can effect your “cameras working parts”.

Just be aware that the gear you choose depends on your budget, preferences, and the level of photography. Consider renting or borrowing equipment, attending a beginners photography course before making a purchase to try out first as you will undoubtably experience the feel and discover what works best for you. Additionally, always prioritize investing in lenses, as they tend to have a longer lifespan and can make a significant difference in the quality of your images. The glass quality is key not the camera body.


All the best and trust this will get you out there and off the couch.