Using a slow film (ISO 100)--or the equivalent setting on your digital
camera--will give you more-saturated colors and finer grain than will faster
films. To further accentuate brilliant colors, try holding a polarizing filter
in front of your camera's lens on a sunny day. This filter must be used
at a 90° angle to the sun to polarize its rays. You'll get more-saturated
blue skies, and a polarizer will also remove surface reflections from wet leaves
for richer color.
leaves and a basket of apples spells "Fall."
Although many colorful photo opportunities
await you, consider doing a little black-and-white photography. There are a
number of great black-and-white emulsions on the market if you're shooting
film, or you can make a simple adjustment on a digital camera to create black-and-white
images. Ansel Adams shot many fall masterpieces in black-and-white.
If you're out taking pictures and the weather turns foul, protect your
camera inside your jacket, camera bag or another dry place until you're
ready to use it. A plastic bag will usually keep your camera dry, but if it
gets wet, dry it off immediately. You might also consider getting a splashproof
compact camera if your picture-taking involves a lot of shooting around water.
overlook small details, such as this small leaf silhouetted behind
a larger, backlit one.
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