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 Waterfall Photography Simplified

Setting up your Waterfall Photography Shot

Step 1: You will need to put your camera on a tripod. You will also want to use a remote shutter release to expose the image. If you don’t have one, you can also use the camera’s self-timer. You absolutely must use a tripod.

Step 2: Use live view

Step 3: Put your filter on your camera. Even on a cloudy day, you will want to use a Neutral Density Filter. It’s like sunglasses for your camera. You can do a more prolonged exposure, which makes the water movement’s milky effect. The darker the ND Filter, the longer you can expose it.

Step 4:  Camera Settings

  1. Set your camera to Manual mode
  2. Set the aperture to the smallest one (most will be f/22, some f/29).
  3. Set your ISO to 100 or the lowest your camera will allow.

Now looking through the camera, roll the shutter speed, so the exposure level indicator goes to ‘0’ on the exposure scale on the bottom of the screen. Without a filter, on a sunny day, you may not get lower than 1/15th sec. or even that low.   This is why a neutral density filter is so important. We like a 3.0 filter. We can do a 30-second exposure at noon in bright sunshine with that bad boy.

Step 5: Set your Camera on a 2-second timer or use your shutter release to expose the image.  Evaluate the image. If your image has hot spots (areas of overexposed white spots), adjust your shutter speed to a faster speed and test again until it is just right. Remember, the darker the filter, the longer the exposure, and the milky flow looks better. Be sure to read about filters if you are not familiar with them.

Waterfall & Milky Waters Photography

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When to go: Since bright screaming sunshine is not our friend during waterfall photography, you will want to go on your adventure according to the weather. We sometimes get to our waterfall in the winter and find it completely frozen. Being partially frozen makes for powerful shots, but sometimes you don’t know until you get there. The bigger the waterfall, the fewer chances of it being completely frozen. Avoiding noon shoots is helpful, but you can still shoot on the brightest, most sunshiny days with a good neutral density filter.

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