Posted on Mar 06, 2009 | Comments 0
Clicking images of a waterfall is one of the most challenging subjects for apprentice photographers.
You need to check out limitations when clicking images of waterfalls, as perfect lighting situations are rare because of the nature of the continuous subject.
Capturing movement is often challenging for photographers who do not have prior experience.
There are two priorities in clicking images of moving subjects: the first one is to set the shutter speed fast and capture the shot immediately. The second one is to set the shutter speed low and then capture the blur in the picture frame.
When you are clicking an image of water, the second one is preferred. This enhances the motion of the water and brings grace to the waterfall pictures.
Once you have set the camera with a small shutter speed, a tripod is mandatory.
What to know when clicking images of water falls?
Shutter priority mode: Set the camera in shutter priority mode for getting the best waterfall shots. Keep the shutter open for a maximum of 1-2 seconds to create a blur of the water in your pictures.
A lower shutter speed is preferred to achieving this blur. If you have set the camera in aperture priority mode to click images of waterfalls, then set a longer shutter speed.
Aperture priority mode: You can also click great pictures of waterfalls in aperture priority mode. By setting the camera in aperture mode, you can automatically set a longer shutter speed which will give you good shots.
When you check the settings of the camera, set the camera with the smallest aperture possible; most preferable apertures are f/22 or f/36. Choosing a small aperture can also give you a larger depth of field and cover a major portion of the waterfall in your picture frame.
ISO: Low ISO means that you need the shutter to be open for a longer period of time. ISO is the sensitivity of the camera sensors to the lighting conditions.
Setting the camera with lower ISO also provides you with detailing, making the shots look better by avoiding unnecessary grain (noise) shots.
Filters: Filters to cameras are like sunglasses for the eyes. They cut down unnecessary lighting to hit the camera lens and this avoids blow-out in the water images. Water is a very good reflector of light, so it can also create lens flare in images of waterfalls.
Filters are therefore very necessary; polarizing filters and Neutral Density filters are the most preferred filters for snapping awesome photos of waterfalls.
There are plenty of other things to check out when clicking the button; the first is to observe the composition of the waterfall shot. Always check that the composition of the shot brings grace to the waterfalls.
The second point to check is the focal point of the waterfalls. The focal point can vary from a rainbow to the flow of the water.
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