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Photographing Fall for Print – 5 Tips

Author: Libby

Oh hello fall, my how we’ve missed your cool temperatures and beautiful colors. It’s easy to to be so inspired this time of year with Mother Nature’s grand show of changing colors and temperatures.  When it comes to photographing fall, there are a few tips you will want to keep in mind before hitting the shutter. Here are our 5 tips for Photographing Fall for print.

1. Bump It

Try tweaking with the saturation a bit. You don’t need to go overboard here but a slight bump in both the saturation and contrast will make the image pop. Nature already puts on a fabulous show so a slight bump is more than enough to make your image speak.  For those of you that are a little more advanced, you can also change your in-camera settings to give you more vivid colors.
Printmaking Tip: This type of bump in colors render best on metal prints with a white finish and glossy. For photo papers, try the metallic or glossy.

2.  Chase the Light

That golden hour is pure magic during fall. What is the golden hour? It’s that hour right before the sun sets in which daylight is softer and more red than any other time during the day. The sun is low in the sky and often spreads the light throughout the horizon creating dramatic shadows with great depth
Printmaking Tip: The great thing about this type of photo, is that you can either go vibrant or soften it with a classic canvas. It’s versatile.
fall landscape with fog

3. Mother Nature’s Filter

Oh, that early morning fog is something that is pure magic. It may mean that you need to set your alarm to get the shot, but it’s so worth it. Typically, the thickest fog appears two to four hours i low-lying areas after sunrise. It quickly dissolves just as quickly as it appears. For this type of set up, bring a wide-angle lens to show the vastness of the fog blanketing the landscape.
Printmaking Tip: The fog tends to give the image a softer look, so when thinking of print, think of classic canvas, metal print, white with a satin finish. Also try any matte type photo papers.

4. Tripod It

For the sharpest photos for print, try a tripod and a shutter release/remote. Using these two together will cut down on any hand-held blur. Although, blur can be beautiful when it’s intentional, when you’re enlarging a print and it’s not planned, it can often ruin your photo.  You’ll want the sharpest and cleanest file and that often means lowering your shutter speed and ISO to keep your file sharp.
Printmaking Tip: When using a tripod, you’ll be able to go large with your print. Try the 20″ x30″ stand outs or a 20″ x 20″ wood print.

5. Water Movement

Try capturing some water movement in your fall landscape photos and make it the main focal point. You’ll need to bring a tripod and will need to slow your shutter speed. Also, we found this ARTICLE that recommends using a neutral density filter if the light is bright, this way you can keep detail in the waterfall/movement.
Printmaking Tip: Custom Framing the waterfall will give it impact. There will be colors you can pick up for the mat and then choosing a more natural type of wood frame to compliment the trees/nature will enhance the overlook and feel of the print.
For this look we chose a distressed oak frame with a double mat of the same color maroon.
screen shot of framing a print from printique
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