Many fall festivals are planned for the next few weeks and each presents unique fall photo opportunities.  According to local photographers, you can still get extraordinary fall pictures without an expensive camera.

One of the biggest problems with outdoor photos is lighting. The sun creates harsh shadows and becomes distracting in the picture.

Samantha Zenewicz, a local photographer, says an easy way to avoid harsh shadow is to be completely shaded. "An easy way to fix that is to turn your feet to face your shadow and you'll get a nice even look across your face," Zenewicz said.

Another local photographer, Katie Mihalak, says the time of day can help you avoid those shadows too. "If it's a good selfie or photo op with your friends and family you are looking for, then plan your trip early in the morning or towards sunset when the light is more subtle," Mihalak said. She noted finding a shaded area can help you and your friends keep their eyes open for the photo.

Mihalak and Zenewicz both recommend standing with some distance between you and the background. The background should appear out of focus and draw more attention to you.

Zenewicz said playing off the fall colors can also make pictures really appealing. Wearing reds, yellows and oranges can help catch and hold attention.

Lastly, Mihalak says don't be afraid to position yourself or group and then ask somebody else to take the photo for you, so everyone can get in it. She said, "People are usually more than happy to take a photo of your family for you and you could return the favor!"