April 14, 2015

Autumn creates an amazing blaze of colour and wonderful photo opportunities that photographers wait for all year round. And it’s a great season for beginners and the more advanced alike.

Take advantage of the soft, warm lighting just before sunset and in the early morning to create impressive, magical images of the autumn colours. Shots of the kids playing amongst the vibrant leaves can also make wonderful mementos for Mother’s Day gifts.

Living in the Hawkesbury, we’re very lucky to have so much beautiful scenery at our doorstep. It’s a fact the members of the Hawkesbury Camera Club are very well aware of.

“The Camera Club is a creative resource for photographers of all levels, all ages and all skills,” says the club’s secretary, Marian Paap. “If you’re interested in autumn photography, now is a great time to join. But whatever your passion – whether it’s landscape, portrait, wildlife, night photography, close-ups, or even if you’ve just bought a new camera and want to learn how to get the most out of it – you’re welcome to come along to our meetings to learn and share with like-minded people.”

Established more than 50 years ago, the club now organises workshops, guest speakers, photo outings and competitions for its members.

In 2014 they took trips to the Homebush Bay Shipwrecks, the Joadja Historical Village, the Vivid Light Festival, and a photography car rally in Lithgow, and they’re busy planning similar excursions for this year at the moment.

The Hawkesbury Camera Club meets at the Richmond Club on the first, second and third Wednesday evening of each month. See their website for more information (www.hawkesburycameraclub.com.au), or their Facebook page for regular updates and photography tips (www.facebook.com/HawkesburyCameraClub).

Tips for autumn photography

Want to take the best autumnal photographs you can? Here are our top three tips and tricks.

  1. Go further. Don’t settle for the first viewpoint you find. Walk a little bit further or higher to get the bird’s eye view.
  2. Take advantage of the river. It’s ideal for capturing reflections of the russet-hued trees. Get right down to the water’s edge to create symmetrical compositions, with the landscape in the top half of your shot, and its reflection in the foreground.
  3. Don’t be afraid to get dirty. Lie on your back among the trees to get the best shots of their orange canopy, or on your front to capture close-ups of the carpet of fallen leaves on the ground.

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