If fall had a mascot, it might be the sugar maple, whose October leaves cover the full spectrum of the season’s signature yellows, reds and oranges. Or, perhaps, the Colorado aspen come early September, when its leaves transform into a striking yellow gold. (For a list of trees offering the most breathtaking fall foliage, check out this list from Mental Floss.)

There’s no denying that the beauty autumn ushers in is beyond compare; in all honesty, it’s what makes it hard to take a bad landscape photo this time of year. But multi-hued palette aside, fall is a whole mood—and really, the colors of the leaves are just the backdrop. Here, we’re sharing a few tips for capturing that “fall feeling” beyond the trees.

  1. Portray the Quietude 

Fall is a time of transition and preparation for the winter months that lie ahead. This year, especially, we’re likely to see a marked shift from the summer bustle to autumn quietude, as experts continue to emphasize the importance of social distancing in combatting COVID-19. Scenes that signify stillness and even isolation (think: lone walkers, quiet streets, empty park benches, vacant beach storefronts) can be profound in capturing the essence of the season as well as the unprecedented times in which we are living.


Mountain Cabin © Bohdan Makolondra  

Denver, Colorado

  1. Consider the Light

Fall has a way of letting us know it’s arriving without even having to consult a calendar. Come mid- to late-August, there’s just something about the way the sun hits that indicates cooler, shorter days are on the horizon. Capturing this phenomenon through the camera lens can speak volumes; for instance, a vibrant red sunset (turns out autumn sunsets are actually more vivid!), can inspire a cornucopia of colors…perhaps even rivaling that of a New England fall landscape.


The Hunt © Emily Jessal
Banks, Oregon

  1. Choose Black and White 

Foliage may provide a colorful backdrop in the literal sense, but as afternoon shadows lengthen and nights begin to stretch longer than days, it’s clear that fall isn’t all vibrant colors and leaf-peeping jaunts; rather, there is a subtle tone-down that comes with the turn of the season. Black and white photography is similar in this sense; while photographing in color offers a literal representation of the world, black and white photography can convey a deeper, more abstract version of events. Leveraging this technique can be a powerful way to truly capture that fall feeling—the real and the raw. 


Horror Movie Birds © Allison Humphries
Hopewell Junction, New York

  1. Go Coastal

Locals aptly refer to it as local summer—generally, the months of September and October when the official season has come to a close, yet it’s still warm enough for residents to enjoy the fruits of coastal living, sans all the tourists. Hitting the beach in fall is a great way to embrace the transition from swimsuit season to sweater weather. (And, bonus—you’re likely to get a steal on an oceanfront suite!) 


Indian Island Lighthouse, Rockport, Maine © MarcPhotography
Rockport, Maine

  1. Slow It Down with Shutter Speed

There’s a lot you can accomplish simply by adjusting the shutter speed on your camera. If you’re looking to capture motion, a slower shutter speed will cause moving objects to blur, while faster speeds allow you to freeze motion on even the fastest-moving objects. Whether you’re capturing a falling leaf before it hits the ground or a harried squirrel harvesting acorns for the winter ahead, upping the shutter speed can slow things down enough for you to capture the moment in time. 


Fall Find © Judy Bernier 
Waldoboro, Maine

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