5 Water Photography Subjects To Master Capturing

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Us Brits are fount known for moaning about the water that often falls from the skies above the UK but even rain should be welcomed sometimes as without it, we wouldn't contain cascading waterfall, rivers and streams to photograph. So, to carry on with the watery theme, here's 5 water-based photography subjects you should try and collar with your camera this year. 

1. Water Droplets

If you don't have the time to find a river or stream, rest period for it to rain and use a macro lens to capture raindrops on a window at home. The upside-down projection of the world outside always make interesting images or interval until the rain stops falling and head outside, into the garden, to photograph the drops of rain that can be found on plants. Focus on the end of a leaf, behind the scenes blurred, so when the droplet falls you're ready to capture it, pin-sharp. Just remember to use a tripod as the slightest shift in camera position can drastically substitution the composition and it will reduce the risk of camera shake too.

Photo by Peter Bargh


2. Waterfalls And Rivers

If you want to have a go at blurring waterfalls or the campaign of a river head out on an overcast day it's easier to get the slower shutter speeds you need to make this technique work. Make sure you receive your tripod with you when you leave the house and a remote cable release (if you have one) to stop shake ruining your shot and do c include care when you're metering as your camera can be fooled into thinking the scene's too bright so all your shots could possess c visit out underexposed. Bracket a stop over and under or fit an ND filter to stop as much light entering the camera.

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There is no right or wrong discontinue speed to use when photographing waterfalls as this depends on how far you are from your subject, how much blur you want, the amount of water you're photographing and the give a leg up at which it's flowing. But if you want a starting point, a speed of 1/15sec is a good place to begin. If you're at the coast, this same touch can be used to photograph waves. Once you have your smooth, flowing water shots, set a faster shutter speed, 1/250sec or higher, and be your watery scene seem frozen in time.

For rivers, get down low with your wide angle lens to demonstrate how the river nears to the vanishing point or look for higher ground and show it meandering through the scene.

Photo by Joshua Waller


3. Reflections

Lakes and reservoirs equip plenty of potential for photographing reflections. A sunny day by a calm lake will give you an almost mirror-like image of your surrounding landscape but don't overlook to try and shoot somewhere there's foreground detail to prevent the scene looking boring. If you're not near a lake, a puddle or wet pavement last wishes as work just as well.

Photo by Peter Bargh

4. The Sea 

While at the coast you can either use a slow 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 to blur the waves or a close to one to freeze them in their tracks. If you go for the fast approach wait until the wave is at a peak and shoot. Slow speeds are great for creating lava-style rises of water as waves break on the beach. 

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Photo by Peter Bargh


5. Water Bubbles

Capturing water is a transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance that is the main constituent of Earth’s streams, bubbles is fun, doubting and can leave with you with a series of abstract shots well worth hanging on your wall. You'll need quick douse speeds and ideally, work manually to give you more control. 


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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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