|Photo Tip & Assignment #9 – Autumn ColoursAutumn is already here and it brings the most dramatic landscape changes of all the seasons. The greenness of summer turns yellow, orange and blood red, leaves fall covering parks and streets with a colourful carpet.
Antonio Leanza, founder of LSP, captured the image (left) giving emphasis to the leaves on the ground by using the “rule of thirds”, filling the two lower thirds of the frame with them.
The rule of thirds is a powerful composition tool that can effectively make an image look more aesthetically pleasing. It states that an image can be improved when its subjects are composed along imaginary lines which divide the image into thirds, both vertically and horizontally. It’s purpose is mainly decentralize the main subject, placing it along the lines or at the intersections of the thirds, as shown in the inage bellow:
Antonio points that the time of the day and the quality of light are of extreme importance when photographing city/landscapes. He says: “Wait for the golden hours, just after sunrise and just before sunset”. Golden here refers to the warm tones that sun light provides at these times of the day. Adding to that, the angle and direction of the sun light at these times is perfect to reveal textures, volume and depth.
If it is impossible to wait for the perfect light, playing a bit with the White Balance function of your digital camera might just do the trick. White Balance options work like filters placed in the front of the lens, they substitute the bulky kit photographers had to carry around when using film to cool down or warm up a scene.
Warm-up filters here are the key for mimicking a golden light and you can get this effect by changing the White Balance from Auto to “Cloudy” or “Shade” setting. They are very similar warming filters and will immediately change the fell of your photographs.
Use it as a start point to play with the other White Balance settings. See how each of them affects your photo, take some notes and use them independently of the light condition they suggest.
Upload your Autumn images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #9 for a chance to win a £150 Discount Voucher towards Courses and Workshops at LSP*.
Photo: Antonio Leanza / Text: Luciana Franzolin