This tutorial is not really a tutorial at all. More of a gallery of some of the lovely autumn pictures Click students have taken over the years. You know where the best autumn colour is near to where you live and you just need to go there at the right time. Autumn sun will enhance the browns and reds and you can decide if you shoot a big landscape or just a single leaf.
Remember 1. Sunlight will enhance the colours 2. Early morning and twilight are great times for Autumn colour with the sun low in the sky 3. Shoot wide landscapes if there is a decent viewpoint 4. Shoot close-ups with camera set to the close up or Macro setting (flower symbol ) 5. Collect leave to take home and shoot on a tabletop. 6. Edit smartphone pics to increase saturation and vibrance
Leaves on the ground I like to shoot pics of the leaves after they've fallen to the ground. There's a wonderful period before they lose their colour or start to disintegrate as people walk over them on pavements.
Leaf Soup If it rains a lot you can make great puddle pictures
Autumn studio Make a tabletop studio at home using just a table lamp and a light or dark background. Find the best and brightest leaves. Try spraying the leaves with water.
Shooting Autumn Leaves with a smartphone most new smartphones have really good Close-up lenses - but if yours is older you can buy a clip-on macro lens to get really close
We use 3 different Clip-on lenses
10x (the red ones) 15x (the big ones) 20x (with clear perspex hoods)
10x is generally the best lens to use. The others bring you closer and closer to the subject and you need to be very careful with focus using the 20x lens. The perspex hood has to be in direct contact with the subject. The results can be a lot of fun but you have to make sure the lighting is good enough if you are very close to the subject.
Using clip-on lenses 1. Work with a partner or in a hgroup of 3 or 4, and arrange the leaves before starting to shoot
2. CLEAN YOUR LENS 3. Move in and out gently to focus. Tapping the screen is not the best technique with clip-on lenses. They will only focus when you are at the correct distance 4. Until you get really close everything will appear out of focus. 5. Use volume controls to take the picture if that helps 6. Take wider pics without the clip-on. Your phone lense will get quite close anyway. Zoom in a little but not too much 7. Review the pictures to make sure they're SHARP 8. Use your built-in filters to enhance the shots.
Lighting Set up the light to the side and very close to the leaves. You can leave the light in one place or your partner can hold it and move it around until it looks good. If you're in a bigger group one person can light while the others shoot
When you've had enough of the leaves look around for other subjects to shoot - or go out and look for some squishy leaves on the ground
Water and Glycerine droplet photos Choose a clip on lens Choose a background sheet Use one led angled down at the background Spray the water glycerine mixture from 3 or 4 inches You need quite big droplets Move in and out to get focus Use phone filters to make the images more vivid