9 tips who to photograph waterfalls – long exposure photography

10 tips to photograph waterfalls

Photographing waterfalls is always spectacular if you get the blurry effects of the flowing water but not always easy to achieve
here are 10 tips hot to successfully get the waterfall pictures
1. proper planning
obvisouly you need find first the waterfall to photograph. You can google it, and plan a trip like any other holiday trips. make sure you have everything you need. if you need to do a a bit of hicking, make sure you get the comfortable clothes and shoes and do to forget water.
i did and almost fainted on the way up  the mountain until i was saved bay a very fit 70 year old women, who looked at me and she said,…you look pale, and like you need some water dear.
2. avoid busy touristic places, or perhaps you go on a day when others are busy. going on weekends liekeveryone else is going, will make your job harder as everyone wants to take the same photo and getting a good shooting spot might present some challenges.
choose the best time of the day, closer to sunset when the light is diffused and avoid harsh shadows and contrast with the sky.
3. pack the proper gear, and do not over do it. travel as light as possible and the minimum equipment necessary
is your camera, a wide lens, a tripod and Neutral density filter. Try a variable ND filter as it easier to use and gives you the flexibility to reduce the amount of light, to allow you to achieve the long exposure time you want,
The tripod should be sturdy for avoiding any camera movement, vibration from wind, but remember if you travel long distance, the lighter , the easier to carry.
other things you might need, a camera trigger, alternative lenses if you can like a zoom lens, fisheye or anything that can bring a difference to the shot.
4. set up your tripod and camera and try to expose for at least 2-3 seconds. you camera should be on time priority to achieve that, or even better, on manual. Usually the lowest ISO is better, but depending on the light level, you might want to increase that. remember, the priority is to expose longer with the smaller aperture for better sharpness, so the ISO would be the compromise you might want to consider
5. remember to compose you shot nicely, pay attention to the horizontal lines, vertical lines and the rules of composition. try the use the rule of thirds vertically and horizontally for a better looking outcome.
6. shoot in raw and sometimes is better to expose for the sky, so it won;t5 blow out and loose the information. if fee dramatic clouds are present, you can call yourself lucky. remember that you can adjust the exposure levels in post production, in lightroom so exposing for the sky might work a little better. if you have at the time, take each shot 3 times on 3 different exposure levels, sky, waterfall, ground, and you select later what you can use. also you might be able to a High Dynamic range if the nature is still.
take your time and take plenty of shots, and that will increase your chance to get a keeper.
8. pack up and go, do not leave rubbish behind, and do not punch anyone for being a prick ruining in your shot, remember everyone has the right to access to beauty. refrain your need to say bad things and avoid conflicts. despite the fact is highly unlikely you will find a boxer or UFC champion passionate about long exposure, still you never know who you are dealing with.
9. go home. select your best shot, go in post production and adjust the exposure, white balance, shadows, blacks and vibrance to suit your taste. save in low resolution and share your work on Facebook, twitter and instagram and do not forget to mention me saving your life and giving your advice that you could not have done without.
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About Christian Tudor

professional photographer, main editor at Academy of Photography and owner and principal photographer of Tudor Photography