Garden Photography in Autumn – guest blog by Julia Stanley

Autumn presents some fabulous photo opportunities in the garden.  Amazing rich colours of the leaves as they turn, big, bold veggies such as pumpkins and beautiful berries and hips. It is also an opportunity to capture the very special light in the morning without having to get up at stupid o'clock! Photographers love to shoot in what is known as the 'Golden Hour' which is up to one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset.  So, given that the sun doesn't rise until around 7.00am at the end of September, you get a lie-in!   Do not be discouraged by dull weather. You will find that colours will be richer  than those taken on a bright sunny day. If you have a tripod I would recommend using it as your exposure times will be a little longer and you do not want blurry pictures caused by camera shake.  A tripod is also handy if you want to photograph grasses on a breezy day. You can select a slow shutter speed and let the movement of the grasses paint a picture for you. If you are taking a picture of a garden view and the sky is overcast, try and eliminate as much of the sky as possible by either tilting your camera downwards slightly or zooming in a little. Use a macro lens on your DSLR  or the macro setting on your compact camera to get closer to bark detail or a single leaf. Carefully position yourself  so that the sun is  shining through a leaf which will emphasise detail and create a rim light that'll make your subject 'pop'. This time of year is the time to capture the fantastic work of spiders as you will often see their webs sparkling with the morning dew. As the weather turns colder and we get some frosty mornings look out for frost covered berries as the colours contrast beautifully with the white frost. And finally, make sure you are wearing warm, comfortable clothing. Garden photography requires a lot of patience and waiting for the right moment!

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