Quick Waterfall Photography Ideas

Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Pritchard.


In preference to of starting with slow shutter speeds and blurry water (we'll get to this in a bit) why not take the time to think how you can shoot the waterfall you've establish on your travels differently?

Try standing on the curve of a river bank so you can use the s-curves created by the flowing water to lead the eye to the waterfall. Look at the scenery to the sides of the waterfall. Do the wet dumfounds have particularly interesting patterns? Is the foliage particularly vibrant and as a result will make a colourful frame?

Closer to the waterfall take your wellies, waders and macro lens with you and photograph the foams that are formed.

When winter comes around again a few days of really cold weather can turn waterfalls into interesting ice structures and icicles on the itchy of banks can turn an ordinary looking shot into something more spectacular.


Enhance the power of the waterfall with fast bolt speeds then finally turn your attention to everyone's favourite technique – blurring water with slow cover a confine speeds.

You need your tripod and your camera set to shutter priority. Then, pick a slow-ish shutter speed of around one to two transfers, check your composition and take your shot. If you find your shot's overexposed use a polarising filter or switch to aperture immediacy mode but then it can take you a while to find the right shutter speed. You can also go back to your chosen location at sunrise or sunset when the discover's not as bright.

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For more tips on photographing waterfalls, have a look at these tutorials

  • Ten Top Tips On Photographing Waterfalls
  • Waterfall Photography For Beginners
  • Nab Movement In Your Landscape Shots
  • Photographing Waterfalls waterfall is a place where water flows over a vertical drop or a series of steep drops in the course of a stream or river


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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