As the leaves begin to change color and the air grows crisp, autumn is the perfect time to get outside and explore. For content creators, fall is a great time to take advantage of all the beautiful scenery and festive activities. From New England to the Pacific Northwest, here are some of the best places to be a fall content creator.
The best places to see fall foliage.
One of the best places to see fall foliage is in New England. The leaves here change color earlier than in other parts of the country, so if you want to catch the peak of the season, you need to be here in late September or early October. Some of the best places to see the leaves are in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. You can also find beautiful fall foliage in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The Midwest is another great place to see fall foliage. The leaves usually start changing colors in the midwest in mid-October, so if you want to catch the peak of the season, you need to be somewhere between the midwest and the east coast in late October or early November. Some of the best places to see the leaves are in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.
If you decide to make your way through Illinois and stop in Chicago, make your way to at least 3 of these places: Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Chicago Riverwalk
If you're not much of a city dweller or you want to incorporate some really beautiful water shots, try the Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan. There are campgrounds for those Smore, campfire and sunset, time-lapse videos.
The Rocky Mountains
If you want to see some of the most beautiful fall foliage in the country, you need to head to the Rocky Mountains. The leaves there usually start changing color in mid-September and reach their peak around October 10th. Remember to take some photos of your hiking boots and gear as you take in the Rockies.
The Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest is another great place to see fall foliage. The leaves here usually start changing color in late September and reach their peak around October 10th. Some of the best places to get in some great video and phtos are in Oregon and Washington. In Oregon, you can stop by the Gorge Falls and in Washington State, you may want to try Mount Ranier. Both states also have wonderful night life and areas downtown where you can get some wonderful shots after dusk.
The best activities for fall content creators.
Hiking and nature photography
Fall is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors and capture the changing leaves in all their glory. For content creators, this means dusting off your hiking boots and hitting the trails in search of the best views. New England is especially known for its stunning fall foliage, but you can find beautiful colors all across the country. Midwest states like Michigan and Wisconsin offer some of the most scenic routes, while out west you'll find jaw-dropping displays in places like Yosemite National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.
No matter where you go, make sure to bring your portable charges, a few charging cables, your camera (or phone) along to snap some pics. If you're looking to up your photography game, consider investing in a DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses. This will give you more control over things like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings—all of which come in handy when shooting in low-light conditions or trying to capture fast-moving subjects like falling leaves. And if you really want to get creative, break out a drone and get aerial shots of the colorful landscape below. Just be sure to check local laws before taking off—some parks have restrictions on drones.
For many people, fall means pumpkin spice everything—and content creators are no exception! One of the best things about autumn is all the fall foliage (cause who doesn't need media for your green screen projects) festive activities that come along with it, from carving jack-o'-lanterns to baking pies (more on that later).
But first things first: You need to pick out the perfect pumpkin! Fully charge your phone, camera and don't forget to pack a portable charger before you head to a local farm or pumpkin patch. Take your time perusing the different sizes, shapes, and colors for your stock photo shots and your front porch. Not sure what kind of design you want carved into your gourd? No problem—there are plenty of online resources (including templates) that can help you out.
Once you've got your pumpkin(s), it's time to get creative! If carving isn't your thing, try painting instead. You can go for a traditional orange hue or get experimental with patterns and colors—the sky (or rather, canvas) is the limit. Don't forget to take pictures or videos of your creations; they make for great social media posts (just be careful not to drop your phone in a bucket of paint).
Visiting haunted houses and corn mazes
Halloween may be more than a month away, but that doesn't mean you can't get into the spooky spirit now. One of the best things about fall is all the haunted attractions that pop up around this time of year. From haunted houses and hayrides to corn mazes and pumpkin patches, there's no shortage of places to get great continent. Just be sure to bring along a friend (or two) for safety —there's nothing worse than being spooked alone!
If you're feeling brave, why not document your experience with photos and videos? Haunted attractions make for great social media content, especially if you can capture some truly chilling moments on camera. Just be sure to get permission from the owners before hitting record—you don't want to end up on the wrong side of the law.
Apple picking and baking
One of the best things about fall is all the seasonal produce that comes into season, from apples and pumpkins to squash and sweet potatoes. And what better way to enjoy these delicious fruits and vegetables than by picking them yourself?
Grab your phone camera lenses and head to a local farm or Orchard and spend an afternoon filling up your baskets with fresh apples. Once you've got your haul, it's time to put those apples to good use! There are plenty of recipes out there for everything from pies and crisps to muffins and breads—so whether you're a UGC Creator whose nice is baking or not, there's something for everyone.
Not interested in baking? No problem! There are plenty of other ways to enjoy apples, from eating them raw or making homemade cider. And if you're looking for a fun activity to do with friends or family, why not try apple bobbing? Come on, you know you want to, lol. No seriously, if you've got products that can be placed in water or dropped in water, it's the perfect time to drop them in those water and apple filled buckets and it's a great way to get everyone in on the fun—and maybe even score some free apples in the process!
The best gear for fall content creators.
Cameras and drones
If you're looking to capture stunning fall foliage photos or videos, you'll need a good camera and drone. A DSLR camera with a wide-angle lens is ideal for taking photos of landscapes, while a drone can get you unique aerial shots. For video, consider using a GoPro or action camera to get smooth, steady footage.
Laptops and editing software
Your laptop will be your best friend when it comes to editing your fall content. Make sure it's powerful enough to handle your video and photo editing software of choice (Adobe Creative Suite is a good option). And don't forget about storage space - you'll need plenty of room for all those high-resolution files!
Tripods and stabilizers
Tripods are essential for getting sharp, blur-free photos and videos, especially in low light conditions. If you're shooting handheld video, opt for a stabilizer like a gimbal or Steadicam to keep your footage smooth and steady.
Fall weather can be unpredictable, so it's important to be prepared for anything. Pack some warm clothes for chilly days, and Rain gear in case of showers (or even snow!). And if you'll be spending time outdoors, don't forget to pack sunscreen - the sun can still be strong in autumn!
As the leaves begin to change color and the weather gets cooler, Fall is the perfect time to get outside and explore. For content creators, Autumn is a great time to take advantage of all the scenic beauty and festive activities that this season has to offer.
There are many great places to see fall foliage, but some of the best include New England, the Midwest, the Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific Northwest. For content creators looking for fun activities to record or photograph, pumpkin picking, apple picking, hiking, and visiting haunted houses are all great options. And finally, make sure you have the right gear for Fall by investing in a good camera, tripod, and warm clothing.
So get out there and start creating some amazing Fall user generated content!