Here at Capturing Childhood, we are big fans of Autumn. Give us pumpkin soup and hot cocoa, cool days and that remarkable golden light.
Perhaps there is no greater gift of the season for children than playing in a big heap of fallen leaves. One whiff of that one-of-a-kind smell and I am instantly transported back to my own childhood of making huge piles of brown oak leaves to make a bed to lay in and read all day long.
1. Light: The long rays of golden light make for beautiful photos. While it might be tempting to head deep into the woods to make the biggest pile of leaves possible, photo-wise, its better to stay on the edge where your photos can be infused with light.
2. Movement: Experiment with your shutter speed to capture some photos that freeze the motion of the falling leaves and some that blur the motion.
3. Clothing: Other than keeping kids warm and dry, think about what your kids are wearing. Your photos are likely to have strong yellow, orange and brown tones, so think about wether you want them dressed to match the scene or stand out.
4. Get Low…: Sometimes, as parents, we get so used to viewing our children from above, when we have a camera in hand, its easy to forget that the best photos are often taken from their level. This is especially true with leaf-play because that is where all the action is – on the ground. Get right down on your knees to capture what is going on.
5. Get Them Together: Fall makes a great backdrop for holiday cards, and as a ready made activity for all ages, playing in a pile of leaves is a great chance to get everyone together for a holiday snap.
As with everything HAVE FUN!!! Fall leaves are a blast, no matter what your age.
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