Here are a few tips to keep in mind when taking autumn photographs:
SLR: For Close-up Nature photography, use an aperture of f4 or f5.6. The use of a tripod is recommended as exposures will be long.
Compact Camera: Set the camera on Landscape Mode. For close-ups use mode. These modes are also available on SLRs.
I took the below photograph using my compact camera. The photograph has been changed to sepia using an editing software. Many compact cameras have an inbuilt facility which allows you to change the tone of your image. (This can be found in the menu settings of your camera). I always take two photographs of the same scene, one in colour and other in b/w or sepia.