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Pro Tips for the Best Fall Color

As an amateur photographer I have been waiting in desperation for the start of a Chicago fall. Not only for the crisp air and beautiful scenes, but the chance to shoot those scenes. With that being said, any help I can get is much appreciated, especially from expert photographers from across the field. Gathered below are some photographers who have advice on how to rightly capture the best of fall.

Ian Plant, who has taken the beautiful shot of water posted above, suggests to shoot early or late in the day. “Experiment with white balance until you find a setting that optimizes reds, yellows and oranges, yet at the same time retains some of the blues as well.” He also recommends using a telephoto zoom lens to create the “tightest cropped images.”

William Neill says “good fall color isn’t enough, every great image needs a clean and clear composition.” He suggests using other trees for better color balance and contrast when trying to focus on the subject. Most importantly, “eliminate distracting elements that don’t contribute to the main subject.”

When shooting in the midday sun, Jay Goodrich suggests “zooming into your scene and backlight the leaves and trees. Bracketing is always a good idea with backlit scenes to give you options when you get back to your home base.”

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