One of the things I’ve noticed this year is how being forced to slow down and take time out from our normal routines has meant I’ve really noticed the different seasons coming and going.
It was amazing heading out for family walks back in the spring and seeing the cherry blossom appearing on the trees at the bottom of our hill. Each time we walked past them there seemed to be more and more, until finally the trees were bursting with beautiful pink blossom.
Now we’re into autumn and there is so much change happening in nature again.
Which makes it a great time of year to head out with a camera on a photo walk.
If you’ve not heard of a photo walk before, it’s basically just what it sounds like. It’s where you go on a walk and photograph things that catch your eye.
You can stick to a theme during your walk or let yourself be inspired by the things you see along the way.
I really love having a theme to work to, to keep me focused on looking out for certain things and to push my creativity a bit to find different ways to photograph things to fit the theme.
An autumn theme to a photo walk is brilliant because there are so many things you can take pictures of that fit the theme.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are some ideas for things to look out for and to photograph:
- A red leaf
- An orange leaf
- A yellow leaf
- Different coloured leaves on the trees
- Reflections of autumn colours
- Spider webs covered in dew
- Frosty grass
- Boots surrounded by fallen leaves
- Sun shining through the trees
- Berries on the trees
- Little hands in mittens
- Bobble hats
You don’t need any special kit to go on a photo walk.
Don’t be put off if you don’t have a big fancy camera, you can do this with your phone if that’s all you have.
There are some things to think about though, to really get the most out of your walk.
Check the weather
Have a think about the types of photos you want to take and make sure the weather conditions are right before you head out.
If you want to get photos of gorgeous autumn leaves against a bright blue sky, then obviously you can’t do that on a day that’s overcast. So either plan your photo walk for a day when the conditions are right, or have a few ideas for photos you can take in different types of weather and adapt your plan to the conditions on the day you head out.
On a grey day you might not get those bright blue sky photos, but you could get some gorgeous misty shots instead.
Look up and look down
As you’re walking make a point of looking around in all directions.
Look up at the beautiful colours of the leaves on the trees, and look down at the pieces of nature that have fallen to the ground.
Include some people in your photos
If you’re out with your family for the photo walk then try and include them in some of your photos.
You could photograph the top of your toddler’s head if they’re wearing a cute little bobble hat.
Or lean back and take a photo of you and your child holding hands while wearing your warm gloves.
Another classic autumn photo is of feet standing in a pile of leaves. This is a great way to get yourself in photos too, as you can just look down and photograph your own feet.
Look for reflections
If you want to add some more interest to your compositions then look for reflections on your walk.
At this time of year there’s a good chance there’ll be puddles on the ground, so get down low and see if you can photograph autumn leaves reflected in the water.
You can also try photographing autumn colours reflected in windows, and even in sunglasses if it’s a bright sunny day.
Hopefully these tips and ideas have inspired you to grab your camera, wrap up warm and head out for a photo walk to capture all the beautiful things autumn has to offer.
Have you ever been on a photo walk before?
What do you most enjoy looking out for on walks at this time of year?