Fall colour photography tips

Barry Wojciechowski is one of several professional photographers who delivers photo workshops in Ontario Parks as part of the Giant Digital Photography Workshops partnership. He provided the Parks Blog with these quick tips for taking great panoramic pictures:Sea Lion at Sleeping Giant P.P.

  • Read your camera manual – Absolutely imperative. Take the time, invest in your equipment and your pictures will turn out beautifully.

  • Pick your location and time of arrival – The best time to photograph anything is an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset.  Know exactly where the sun will be when you arrive.
  • White balance your camera – White balancing allows your camera to capture what your eye sees.  It does that by telling your camera how to shoot colours and softer hues.  Your manual will have the best how-to instructions.
  • Set your camera to panorama – Many digital cameras have a panorama setting which is the equivalent of a wide-angle lens. Barry recommends a 60mm lens for capturing landscapes if you can afford multiple lenses.  And try to shoot off a tripod.
  • Overcast days are best – These conditions are the easiest to shoot in because there is no harsh light, no shadows, not a lot of contrast so everything is lit evenly; plus no squinting!
  • Keep it simple – Most point and shoot cameras nowadays have all the bells and whistles necessary – a long lens, panorama feature, image stabilizer and HD video.

If you would like to join Barry for a photo session, his next workshop  will take place at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, one hour east of Thunder Bay, September 30 – October 2, 2011 . The two-day weekend workshop coincides with the height of the fall colours in northern Ontario, a spectacular time to be at Sleeping Giant. This year’s workshop includes comfortable accommodation in the park’s conference centre. Optional meal plans are also available. Porter, Air Canada and Westjet Airlines all fly direct to Thunder Bay and the Thunder Bay Airport has car rental services on location.