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What are some tips for taking good foliage photos in the fall?

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To take good foliage photos in the fall, use indirect light instead of bright sunlight, and focus on the shapes, lines and details of leaves and trees rather than capturing a large area. Select the camera's portrait setting if you use a point-and-shoot camera to increase the sharpness of the object in focus while blurring the background, or choose the landscape setting to shift the focus to the background.

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Partial or complete shade, especially on cloudy or rainy days, adds emphasis to earth tones and brings out the beauty of leaves and trees in the fall season. If there are people in the photo, make them appear brighter than the background by using fill flash and letting them stand at the end of a wooded setting. Avoid underexposure of your subjects and the foliage around them by balancing the brightness. Adjust the white balance by customizing the setting or choosing the camera's shade option.

To make the shutter speed faster, place the camera on a rock, monopod, tripod or other firm surface. Reduce the ISO to produce foliage pictures with detailed colors, as high ISO causes noise in photos.

Take pictures of fall fruit stands and fully bloomed fall flowers that represent the autumn season. In addition to colorful images, finish several photos in sepia and black and white to highlight lines and patterns. Add impact by adjusting the saturation, brightness and contrast levels.

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