Of course, even with the perfect lighting and color, your photos are only as good as their subject matter.
Look for the Contrast. Accentuate the variety of fall colors by framing one against the other. Find the red leaf in the midst of golden leaves. Shoot the golden leaves against the blue of the sky. Arrange a bouquet of fallen leaves on the green grass. Juxtapose a variety of colors and textures, while remembering to...
Keep it Simple! Just as too many cooks spoil the pot, too many visual elements are just as certain to ruin to the photo. Limit the number of elements and subjects in your compositions to what you can easily comprehend in a glance. It runs counter to logic, but the human eye lingers longer over the simpler shot while often "sliding off" more intricate shots. So stick to a maximum of three or four fields of color or texture at any one time.
Change your Point of View. Your first impulse on finding a beautiful scene will be to snap the shot as you first see it - composed like a portrait, but for lack of a human subject. However, landscape photography frequently fails to "pop," especially among beginners, so seek out fresh takes on the scenery. Try bring your lens in close to shoot one leaf at time. Climb up and shoot the leaves as they've fallen on the ground. Lay on your back and shoot the treetops from the ground up. If you must shoot traditional portrait-style landscape compositions
Add some Sparkle. Water droplets, ice, and frost can all add eye-catching texture to photos. While these effects may be naturally occurring, you can make your life easier by packing a plant mister in with your camera. Just make a point of photographing anything reflective in light diffused by trees or light cloud cover.
Inject some Motion. Once you've exhausted the landscape shots, it may be time to take the setup to the next level to add a professional polish to your work. Capturing autumn foliage as it drifts earthward is an effective way to reinvigorate a landscape you've shot before. Use a wide aperture to lightly blur the background until your foreground stands out, then shoot with a shutter speed between 1/2 and 1/30, depending on the speed of the leaves' fall to capture a sense of motion. This is especially effective on overcast days.