Ana Margarita Olar | Fotograpiya.com
Waterfalls and cascades are fascinating works of nature. And it is challenging to capture it all on camera. Here are some ways on how you can take photos of waterfalls and cascades:
BASICS AND TIMING
You’re just going to need a camera that can shoot on manual, and a tripod. And that’s it. You’re good to go. The greatest challenge will be the position of the sun. When it is positioned overhead, it will result to bright spots or dark shadows on your photos.
Waterfalls are located in deep canyons or mountains. So you need to wait when the sun is behind the mountains. Depending on location, it is best to take photos at sunrise or sunset.
USE A TRIPOD
A tripod is needed to stabilize your camera. First, you’ll need to b stable when shooting at slower shutter speeds. Also, placing the camera on a tripod gives you time to compose your image on an LCD screen.
READ THE WATERFALL
Study the water fall’s unique quality. How does it stand out from its surroundings? Do you want a soft or silky flow of water? Then use a slower shutter speed. Yet, if you want to capture motion, and the force of water drop by drop, use a faster shutter speed.
ADJUST THE DEPTH OF FIELD
Start by shooting at F/8 or F/11 depending on what you want to achieve on your photos. Pay attention to the depth of field if you want the rocks, trees, and other elements surrounding the waterfall to look sharp. But you can also let your image be blurry or soft for a creative effect.
USE A FILTER
An ND (neutral density filter) will slow down your shutter speed. You can use it to achieve a smooth flow of water on your photos. You can also use a polarizing filter. It will remove glare from shiny surfaces and also help you slow down your shutter speed.
SHOOT ON A CLOUDY DAY
When you want to shoot all day without the sun getting in your way, then head out when it’s cloudy. You have all the luxury of shooting from different angles. You’ll have a lot of time adjusting the camera to get your desired effect. You just have to avoid including the gray sky in your shots.
There are still other unique ways that you can use in nature photography. So what are you waiting for, head outdoors and take your best waterfalls shot.