Six Creative Photo Ideas To Capture The Beauty of Autumn

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Fall’s in full swing, which means it’s time to snuggle up in a hoodie, sip some hot chocolate, and watch the leaves change colors. This season won’t hang around for long, so make sure you grab your camera (or phone!) and capture all the beautiful goodies autumn has to offer.

To help you out, we’ve designed this super handy checklist of fall-flavored features for you to photograph!

1. Leaves, leaves, leaves! Whether they’re stuck to the branches, littering the ground, or floating somewhere between, you’ll want to get some snaps of this autumn staple. Don’t limit it to the leaves themselves, though – head out for a walk with your buds and use the fall foliage as a backdrop for their grinning faces!

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The buildings themselves aren’t unique to autumn, but the golden light gives the photo that fall feel. (Image: Leah Schmalz)

2. Embrace the beauty of the golden hour. The sun slants differently this time of year, which makes for breathtaking lighting. Frequently referred to as “the golden hour,” this magical time occurs during the first and last hours of sunlight, giving you a chance in the morning and evening to get some gorgeously lit photos. No matter what you photograph, it will take on a fall feel when it’s bathed in that golden light!

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Image: Leah Schmalz

3. Hit up the harvest spots. Many farms boast apple orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hayrides. Make it a family outing and take advantage of the scenery they offer. Not only will you get some great pictures of fall trademarks like pumpkins and apples, you’ll have some of your loved ones enjoying the season.

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5. Don’t forget uniquely fall events. Halloween and Thanksgiving are a little more obvious, but don’t forget about bonfires, pumpkin carving, and football games. What fall traditions do you have? It may be as simple as raking leaves, but you can easily turn chores like that into fun photo ops.

6. It’s all about the details. Get close ups of the details on Halloween costumes, your child’s feet standing next to a jack-o-lantern, and mittened hands holding a mug of hot chocolate. It’s these unique details that separate autumn from the rest of the seasons.

If you need more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board, [autumn, autumn, autumn!] for some of our favorite fall photography!

Leah is a freelance writer, photo junkie, and avid traveler. When she's not chipping away at a story, you can find her exploring the outdoors or planning her next adventure. Read about them on her blog, Relentless Adventure.

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