Tips to Shoot Beautiful Waterfall Photos!

Friday, 24 December 2010 14:12

Beautiful waterfall pictures will create good impression in your mind. Have you ever think that a professional photographer only takes the better pictures of waterfalls?

 

 

 

 

Beautiful waterfall pictures will create good impression in your mind. Have you ever think that a professional photographer only takes the better pictures of waterfalls? You can also take the better waterfall pictures with using a few simple tips while taking photographs.

 

Right Weather

Choose the Right Weather Conditions. Many waterfalls are found in the rainforest, or in heavily wooded areas. That means the same rules of lighting that apply to rainforest photography also apply to waterfall photos. Most of the time you will get your best photos in overcast weather. Cloud cover creates even, low-contrast lighting that eliminates harsh patches of light and shade from your waterfall image. While we are on the subject of lighting; avoid using your flash in most situations. It will destroy the atmosphere created by the natural light.
You should also try to avoid windy days. If you are working with a slow shutter, you don’t want the trees to be blowing about and blurring the background in your photo.

Tips to Shoot Beautiful Waterfall Photos

 

Use Tripod

Bring tripod along with you if you like to shoot waterfall photos. Generally tripod will avoid the shakings which acquire at the time of taking a snap. Usually you have to be steady in all aspects if you don’t have tripod while taking waterfall-photos.
A little bit of move or shaking will spoil your snap. In order to avoid this situation, better go for tripod. Tripod will be helpful for you to take the pictures in the steady mode.

Tips to Shoot Beautiful Waterfall Photos

 

Slow Shutter Speed

The lighting involved with waterfall shots can be tricky. In overcast or rainy conditions, the light will likely have a blue tint. If the waterfall is in a forest, the light may bounce off the trees and pick up a green tint. Neither the auto white balance nor the preset white balance options on a camera will guarantee accurate white balance. The best solution is to perform a manual white balance (your camera manual will explain how for your particular camera).

Tips to Shoot Beautiful Waterfall Photos

 

Exposure

Getting the right exposure can sometimes be a challenge when photographing waterfalls. Probably, one of the biggest problems is that it is easy to clip the highlights in the water. What this means is that the detail in the water is lost, and the water becomes just a big area of pure white. When this happens, the water just doesn’t look very real. The solution for this problem is to take a test shot of the waterfall and check the histogram on the monitor of your digital camera. If the histogram is cut off on the right side, the highlights have been clipped. If this is the case, the exposure needs to be decreased.

Tips to Shoot Beautiful Waterfall Photos

 

White Balance (White Balance Lens Cap)

The lighting involved with waterfall shots can be tricky. In overcast or rainy conditions, the light will likely have a blue tint. If the waterfall is in a forest, the light may bounce off the trees and pick up a green tint. Neither the auto white balance nor the preset white balance options on a camera will guarantee accurate white balance. The best solution is to perform a manual white balance (your camera manual will explain how for your particular camera).

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 24 December 2010 15:02