How to make beautiful and wonderful red leaves
- Dec 11, 2019
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In autumn, the weather turns cool, and soon it's time to shoot red leaves. Wait until then to catch the blind? No, let's warm up now. Let's share the skills of shooting red leaves with you!
Red autumnal leaves
Preparation before shooting: tools and weather
&If you want to be good at your work, you must first use your tools. To take a good picture of the red leaves, first think about how you want to take them before you prepare the tools. The following tools have different uses:
It is suitable for photographing the whole environment and mangrove forest. It is also suitable for photographing portraits, including people in the mangrove environment.
Take a close-up of red leaves, suitable for shooting red leaves that are not too high or fallen leaves on the ground.
Long focal lens:
The portrait and red leaf are suitable for shooting, and it is easier to make scattered scenes, especially when the red leaf is too high, the long focal lens will be very convenient! In addition, the telephoto mirror can also achieve similar micro distance function!
Tripod or monopod:
The safety shutter will be slower when shooting micro distance, or the exposure will take a long time due to the lack of field light, because it is recommended to carry it if it is not too heavy. Photo by colinjackson1972 Photo by jeffsmallwood
Prepare the tools and pay more attention to the weather report. If it rains, it's not recommended to go; if it's cloudy, it's not too disappointing, and it'll look good if it's exposed for a long time. The sunny weather is certainly good, but also pay attention to whether there are clouds in the sky. If there are no clouds, the light will be hard, and the contrast between light and shadow will be strong. Of course, it would be better to visit the site in advance. But the weather is not something we can control. Let's see the color count!
Shooting skills: match the light
It's not very difficult to shoot red leaves in one shot, mainly remember the following two skills:
Direct and reverse light, pay attention to the position of the sun
Smooth and backlight can also be good-looking. Fairing is easier for beginners to master. The sun is about opposite to the red leaves. The color photographed is closest to that seen by both eyes, and can keep the details of the surrounding environment. Backlight is usually shot in the afternoon or dusk. When the sun is behind the red leaves, it is backlight. In this way, the red leaves will be more thorough and bright, but the background details will be sacrificed. Note: when shooting against the light, you should use the central or point metering to measure the light on the red leaves, otherwise it will become a silhouette! Photo by greyloch
Pay attention to composition and make good use of scattered scenery
&I believe that there are many good places to shoot red leaves, so we should pay attention to the composition and angle to avoid unnecessary things. Taking a view over can avoid people's flow, but you should be careful to avoid clutter. Making good use of large aperture and long focal distance to make shallow depth of field can also make red leaves more prominent. When using horizontal and wide-angle view, we can use the slow shutter to desalinate the flow of people, but pay attention to the fact that people need to move to make the desalination effect, and if the exposure time has a long chance of overexposure, then we need to add nd light reducing filter.
Photo by ok-oyot
Shooting red leaf portrait
If we want to shoot the red leaf portrait, then what should we do?
If you want to shoot a red leaf portrait, it will be more difficult, but you can also challenge it. Here are some tips:
1. Find short red leaves
The most classic picture is a person standing next to a red leaf. Unfortunately, when the red leaves grow high, we are often not high enough, so find some not too high, gently pull down the branches (but do not damage), and then stand beside the photo, you can use the three-way composition.
2. The leaves are also beautiful
If you can't shoot the tree, shoot the ground. If leaves fall all over the ground, you can pick up a pile at will, or even lie down and take photos with the red leaves. Use a wide-angle mirror here to look better.
3. Fill and backlight
Standing next to the red leaves, the light may not be enough. You can use the reflector to assist or use the flash to supplement the light. On the other hand, the silhouette and the red leaf are also well matched. You can also try to bring out the outline of the red leaf and the figure when you are backlighting the portrait. Photo by Symic
Treatment after shooting red leaves: strengthen red
I believe you have seen many wonderful photos of red leaves, but what you often see in the real environment is not the same thing, it is because of post-processing. Here are a few ways to make red leaves redder:
1. Enhance saturation
Slightly enhance the overall saturation, so that red and other colors are more prominent.
2. Push curve, especially red
The curve adjustment in Photoshop is divided into red, blue and green. If you want to strengthen red, you can deal with it in red channel.
3. Only display the color of red leaves
Only the red part is selected, and other black and white processing can also highlight the red leaves. Related post skills can refer to: 5 minutes to make background black and white, the main color of personalized photos! Photo by NapaneeGal
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&No matter whether you can shoot beautiful red leaves or not, it's also enjoyable to see them in person. I hope you can enjoy the red leaves this year or next year!