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Capturing Autumn At Its Best

We wait and wait for summer and end up with a week or less of clear blue skies, but autumn… Autumn always delivers. Whether it’s the gorgeous warmth of red foliage beneath our children’s wellington boots, or the exquisite golden landscapes that suddenly befall us, every photographer – amateur or pro – will find it hard to leave their PENTAX camera at home this season. Take a look at our invaluable guide to capturing autumn at its best below.

How To Photograph Autumn Scenery

  • Landscape

If you’re entranced by those vast and glorious autumn landscapes, there’s simply no thing for it but to go outdoors and get photographing! Head out early to get the most beautiful morning light and to ensure your scene goes undisturbed. Consider using a wide angle or ultra wide-angle PENTAX lens to achieve the best landscape shots.

A large aperture to capture landscapes at their best is advisable, though feel free to experiment. Your aperture settings control how exposed your entire image is, so a larger aperture will ensure that both your foreground and background remain crisp and clear. If you’ve done a week of landscape shots and regret not having been prepared for the approach of that adorable red squirrel, perhaps you’d like to try wildlife photography.

  • Wildlife

Immensely different from landscape photography, a reduced aperture and telephoto lens will result in better photo quality for wildlife shots.

Telephoto lenses have a larger focal length, enabling you to capture your subject (be it a squirrel, fox, hedgehog or wild deer) from afar without causing a fright or disturbing its natural surroundings. Specifically, a medium telephoto lens (with a focal length of between 100mm – 300mm) would be ideal for this kind of photography.

By having a reduced aperture, your subject will remain in gorgeous focus, whilst its surroundings will soften, drawing your viewers in. However, some wildlife photographers prefer to shoot with a larger aperture so that they can clearly capture the animal and its surroundings.

  • Close-up (macro) photography

Autumn isn’t just about beautiful wildlife and epic landscapes; there are wonderful (albeit smaller) scenes to capture, too. If you take a walk in your nearest woodland and look at your surroundings more closely, you’ll soon discover wonderful natural patterns to capture with your PENTAX camera. Things like:

  • Foliage
  • Acorns
  • Webs
  • Insects
  • Snails (look beneath logs)
  • Fungi
  • Patterns in tree bark

Use a macro lens so that you retain precious details and set your aperture to f/11. You’re sure to get stunning close-up images! If you want to take a mixture of all of the things above, a PENTAX normal lens will be your best option!

Shop At SRS For Your PENTAX Camera

We stock a wide range of accessories and cameras from PENTAX here at SRS, including compatible lenses to refine your shot. Whether it’s a superior DSLR PENTAX camera or a different leading brand product you’re looking for, choose SRS for photography equipment from only the best manufacturers!

If you would like more information about our range of products, don’t hesitate to contact our helpful advisors. Call 01923 226602, or

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