The cold is inching its way into the Midwest and fall is here with full force! Beautiful color explosions are occurring in this area right now, so bring your camera along when you come visit Des Moines. Here are some useful fall photography tips that will help you capture the essence and beauty of this colorful season:

Time of Day. Fall colors will pop more just after sunrise and before sunset when the light has a golden tone. The warm light will accentuate nature’s natural color scheme and will provide the best conditions for fall photography.

Filter. No, we are not just talking about Instagram filters. Using a polarizing filter on your camera will help you enhance and contrast the colors of the leaves and sky. It also tends to minimize haze, which often occurs at this time of year.

Steady. Using tripods when shooting in nature can be very beneficial. If you don’t feel like dragging one along on your camping trip you can improvise and build one out of soda bottles and duct-tape.

Color Contrast. Make use of natural the natural color contrast that occurs in nature. Red leaves by a lake or golden leaves on green grass will look great!

Underexpose. Most cameras will let you underexpose your pictures. Underexposing will deepen the saturation, and by using computer software afterwards you can increase the contrast and warm things up by playing around with its settings.

Avoid Shadows. If you shoot on very sunny days, keep the sun at your back. Otherwise shadows, low color contrast, and low saturation will interfere and compromise your pictures.

Include your friends, family, and friends in some of your shots. Fall makes for excellent spontaneous and dynamic photo shoots! Capture your children or pets when they are playing in piles of leaves, wildlife, flowers, lakes, visit a farmers market or a pumpkin patch with your kids – the options for fall photography are endless! Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center is located in beautiful Des Moines, which is perfect for family fun and fall photography.

Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center, one of the best Des Moines hotels, offers comfortable family accommodations in a relaxing tropical setting. The indoor water park, pool side rooms and whirlpool suites provide one of Iowa’s most unique experiences. Whether visiting for a business trip, family vacation or a romantic getaway our newly renovated rooms will accommodate your every need. Call us today at 515-278-0271 or book online to make reservations!