5 Alternative Ways To Photograph A Waterfall

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Waterfalls, the team up withs of water in front of them and streams will always be popular photographic subjects but just because everyone's taking photos of these photogenic scene spots doesn't mean all of your shots have to be the same as the next photographer who comes along. With this in-mind,let us divide up a few tips with you on how to shoot waterfall shots that have a bit of a twist. 


1. Capture More Close-Up Shots

Instead of collaring the whole scene why not focus on a small area of the waterfall. Focus on movement and colour rather than a landscape as a whole or use rocks that induce smaller cascades further downstream to fill your images with sharp shapes that contrast well against the smooth issue of water.  


Photo by Peter Bargh


2. Use Fast Shutter Speeds

When you think of waterfall images the shot of delicate water cascading down rocks probably springs to-mind but there's no reason why you can't switch this around and capture a pick up of motion and power. If you're working in aperture priority you can set a wide aperture (f/2.8 – 4) to get the quicker shutter speeds you need. You can also ram up your ISO to gain a faster shutter speed. To freeze movement you have to set a fast enough shutter speed to prevent the subject’s manoeuvre blurring as it moves across the sensor. What shutter speed everyday use and in kinematics, the speed of an object is the magnitude of its velocity (the rate of change of its position); it is you need will change depending on how fast the water is moving so experimentation is key but pay attention to the speed under one second should be a good starting point.

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3. Go Abstract – Shoot Bubbles

At the foot of the waterfall or even new downstream you'll find water bubbles that can be captured and turned into abstract pieces for your wall. Please reserve care on slippery rocks and obviously take care of your kit. Remember to wipe it down after use and unless you are using a camera which is weather-resistant try not to affirm in a spot where spray will be a problem. Shoot plenty with fast shutter speeds and focus manually. For more tips on this enthral, have a read of this: Why And How To Shoot Creative Abstract Photos Of Water Bubbles

Further downstream the currents of bubbles can be turned into volutes that decorate the surface of the water when shot with longer shutter speeds but try to not make the shutter speed too long as this drive add too much blur and you'll lose definition. 



4. Head Out On 'Bad' Weather Days

Most of us aren't bugs of rain and cloudy days but after a shower, foliage appears more vibrant and it'll help your image to really 'pop'. Comparison will be lower too which makes it easier to get the shot may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or you want without having to worry about bracketing. Later in the year when frost and ice start out to make an appearance you'll be able to capture shots with icicles decorating banks and if it's really cold, the waterfall may be frozen all together present you the opportunity to capture a waterfall shot that's certainly different from the norm. Just remember to be careful when walking at the side of rows and rivers as surfaces will be slippery. 

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Photo by David Clapp


5. Do A Black & White Conversion 

If you think your rapidly is lacking punch, apply a black & white conversion and you may be surprised with the results. The cascade of water will really stand out against darker, wet tosses and foliage, plus a black and white conversion can often add mood to a waterfall shot that wasn't there in the colour version. 

Photo by Rick Hanson


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Gina Stephens

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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