This is a magical time of the year however many photographers find themselves disappointed with their fall foliage photos because they lack the color they saw with their eyes. To make your photos look closer to the way your eyes saw the scene here are a couple of tips:
1) Use a Polarizing Filter Your fall color photos lack saturated color because of the light being reflected off of the leaves. Your eyes see through this, but your camera does not. Using a polarizing filter reduces the reflections and allows the colors to come through.
2) Adjust Your White Balance Setting Using a warmer white balance saturates the earth tones so the red, orange, brown and yellow colors look more natural.
On your next fall color photo trip, use a polarizing filter and notice how the colors become brighter as you rotate the filter. Experiment with your white balance settings by shooting the same photo using both the Cloudy and Shady settings. Notice the subtle color changes between the two settings.