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For Great Photos of Fall Color, Shoot in Soft Light!

by Jim Zuckerman

River and Autumn Foliage
River and Autumn Foliage
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Lighting is one of the most important aspects of photography. Here's one tip that can have a huge impact on the success of your photography:

Use soft and diffused light from an overcast sky on macro photography, outdoor portraits, autumn colors, glaciers, wildlife, pets, and flowers. The contrast is low and the colors of the subjects will really pop in this kind of light

Most people think a bright sun means great color. It's usually the opposite. Soft light means that the color is particularly saturated, such as in the accompanying Vermont scenes.

In autumn, if you find yourself shooting in bright sunlight, wait until a cloud covers the sun or until the sun goes below the horizon. Your pictures will be infinitely better.

Red Barn in Autumn
Red Barn in Autumn
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Info on Jim Zuckerman...

About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Jim Zuckerman
Photography Instructor: Jim ZuckermanFew people are able to spend most of their time pursuing their passion in life. I'm one of them, and I feel blessed to have had a love affair with photography since I began taking pictures.

In 1970, I decided to abort my intended career as a doctor in favor of photography and have never regretted it. Photography has enriched my life more than I can tell you. My career has taken me to over 60 countries, and I've seen and photographed wondrous things.

I specialize in wildlife and nature, international travel, and digital effects. In addition, I also shoot nudes, photo- and electron microscopy, children, and other subjects that stimulate my visual or emotional sensibilities.

For 25 years, I shot a medium format camera, specifically the Mamiya RZ 67, for its superior quality. When I would lecture, Id project the large, glass mounted transparencies, and it was really an incredible experience to see the brilliant color saturation and resolution of these slides. However, I went digital in 2004 because the technology finally equaled or surpassed medium format. I now shoot the Canon 1Ds Mark II digital camera with a variety of lenses.

I am the author of 12 books on photography. My work is sold in 30 countries around the world, and my images have appeared on scores of magazine and book covers, calendars, posters, national ads, trade ads, brochures, and corporate promotions.

For many years I've led photography tours to exotic places. These include Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Burma, Greece, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, Spain, Morocco, and Peru.

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