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Fall photography tips

Natalie Thomas, reporter
November 15, 2012 — If you're looking to take outdoor fall photos, there are a number of things to keep in mind. From dealing with less daylight to the snow, Gary Archibald gives some expert advice on how to take your best pictures of the season.

Dawn and dusk are the best times to take photgraphs
Dawn and dusk are the best times to take photgraphs

As we inch closer to winter, we lose more and more daylight.

That's one of the biggest photography challenges this time of year according to Gary Archibald, our resident photography expert.

"The sun rises a little later, it sets a little sooner. Dawn and dusk are the best times to take photographs," he says.

"You capture light that is richer, warmer, has more dimension. So I urge you to always shoot at those times."

Snow is an interesting topic.

"It can be spectacular if it's captured right, but it's tricky because your camera can be overwhelmed by the amount of white in the scene," Gary says.

Gary advises concentrating on a main focal point and exposing the camera for that, instead of the white space.

Rain may be one of the trickiest weather elements to deal with, because it can put your camera in harm's way.

"Moisture is perhaps the death nail for any electronic device," Gary says. 

Invest in a water-proof camera case
Invest in a water-proof camera case

"A good camera case that's weather-sealed or weather-proofed - and they have them for smart phones - is an excellent way to go."

Last but not least, remember to hold steady.  "Always use two hands," Gary says. "You are the tripod. You're going to make that picture much more sharper if you have that solid base or foundation." 

Once you've mastered these tips,  you can use them to participate in the Whatever the Weather Photo Contest.

Enter by December 17th and your photo could be published next year in Canadian Geographic magazine.

Details can be found in the contest section of our website.

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