The colors of fall are delighting us once again. Fall festivals are a perfect chance to brush up your photography skills and gain access to unique photo compositions through live action settings.
But the key to getting the best shots at festivals is correct planning. Here are four festivals happening all around the country this fall, so you can make plans asap.
Ellicottville, New York | October 6-7, 2018
This is a great chance to snap gorgeous photos of western New York's changing foliage. The outdoor parties have plenty of food, live music, carnival rides, and family-friendly activities.Keep in mind that there will be tens of thousands of festival-goers crowding to New York for this. You need to know where to best position yourself in the crowds and decide beforehand which of the activities you want to shoot.
Check out the festival's itinerary for all events.
Leavenworth, Washington | October 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20, 2018
The little town in Washington has their own Bavarian-style Oktoberfest with ample beer in large, outdoor tents.
If you can't get to Germany, this beer fall festival is the next best thing.A fun part of this festival is the keg tapping ceremony at 1 pm in the Festhalle, only on Saturday. You can purchase your entrance tickets either at the gate on the day, or beforehand online.
Laconia, New Hampshire | October 12-13, 2018
It's one crazy fall weekend when 40,000+ visitors come to enjoy the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival.
One of the main attractions you'll want to set up a tripod for is the giant iconic jack-o-lantern tower.On Saturday you can shoot live action shots as contestants participate in The Runaway Pumpkin 10K & 5K Run/Walk Starting at Opechee Park.
Normal, Illinois | October 1-2, 2018
This is a super fun family-friendly festival hosted by the Radar Family Farms, where you can bring the kids for pony rides. Adults enjoy the festivities just as much -- look out for shots of the duck carving and beekeeping demonstrations.
Festivals are a lot of fun, but challenging for even experienced photographers. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind: