So how do you shoot leaves?
First, you should be shooting RAW if you have RAW photo editing software.
Second, a tripod would be nice (but not essential). You can use your self-timer if you don’t have a remote shutter control or shutter cable.
And third, you’ll want a digital polarizing filter that fits the lens that you use for landscapes. If you don’t have a polarizing filter (which makes the colours really pop) you can duplicate the effect in software.
So which software should you have?
Adobe Photoshop Elements costs less than $100 and it’s terrific. If you’re shooting tons of shots then Lightroom 3 has some advantages as it’s also a database for your images. Finally, if you’ve got a ton of cash then go buy Photoshop CS5. I love NIK software and I use Seim Effects (in Lightroom). If you’re shooting with a Nikon DSLR then Capture NX2 is fabulous and my personal favourite for landscapes. BTW NIK is coming out with a HDR software package and based on my experience with the rest of their software I’d love to get my hands on a copy so I can do an evaluation for you.
Now if you don’t have a DSLR but just a point and shoot that captures images in JPG format don’t despair. I’ve used my two Fuji point and shoots on some of my vacations and the images are terrific. A point and shoot in the hands of somebody who knows what they’re doing will produce better images than those of somebody with an expensive DSLR, a bag of lenses and no clue about what to do next.
If you’ve got an 18-55mm kit lens, that’s perfect for shooting landscapes.
All the images here were shot by me and my wife during a trip to Algonquin Park last fall.
So get out there and have fun. Don’t forget to post your photos on Flickr so we can all view them.