• waterfall, Ricketts Glenn State Park photography hot spot location

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. This will not work unless you are using a tripod so if you are new to this please know, that’s an absolute must.

Step 2: Set your camera to mirror lock-up to reduce the risk of vibrations from mirror movement during the long exposures or use your live view mode which does the same thing.

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 longer exposure which is what makes the milky effect of the water movement. The darker the ND Filter the longer you can expose.

Step 4:  Camera Settings – Set your camera to Manual mode, and then set the aperture to the smallest one (most will be f/22, some f/29). 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) slow your shutter speed down a stop and test again until it is just right. Remember the darker the filter the longer the exposure and the better the milky flow look.

Waterfall & Milky Waters Photography

One of our very favorite shots and locations. Canadian Rockies Takakkaw Falls. See the Extra Eyes Photo Tour to go here.

Canadian rockies falls
Photography Magazine Extra Waterfalls with a rare image of Pamela Goodyer world renowned photographer

Workshops: www.extraeyesphototours.com

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. In the winter we sometimes get to our waterfall and find it completely frozen.  Being partially frozen makes for dynamic 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 with a good neutral density filter, you can still shoot on the brightest, most sunshiny days.

That’s the owner of the magazine there. She is single by the way, in search of a traveling, successful, handsome, photographer. She is the one who travels the world and takes all of the pictures. We just sit here and do all of the work. 🙂

Watkins Glen – Check out the Gorge and great spot to do photography.

Mount Rainier National Park is a Great Place to Get Dynamic Photos.

Kaaterskill Falls, N.Y. – see full article

Locations: – Waterfall Photography Hot Spots – Coming Soon.

error: Content is protected !!