Water is one of the most beautiful elements to play with in photography. Be it the ocean or a lake, a flowing river or even sheets of ice, photographing water is one of the most fun spaces to innovate with photography. While straightforward shots are creative enough in their own right, the real deal is to capture the quintessence of water with a sense of enhanced and elegant beauty. Here are a few fun ways in which you can photograph water with spunk.
- Achieve the blurred or frothy water effect through slow shutter speeds. This creates a sense of waves with a milky effect, which captures the personality of water.
- If you want to attain a blurred effect, but don’t want the milky finish in the picture, make use of a long exposure to blur out the water. It creates a striking and creative finish to the photography.
- If you’re looking to add movement to your photography, always shoot near flowing water, rather than still water. The ripples and waves creates a sense of fluid lucidity in your images that nothing else can best capture. To shoot running water as a silky white blur, always make sure to use a shutter speed of 1/15 of a second or slower. A slow shutter speed renders moving water as a silky white blur.
- While photographing water, make sure that you use a low ISO setting, because only that gives you a relatively small aperture, which ensures a large depth of field.
- To filter out bright light, always use a neutral density filter. This will help you use a slow shutter speed, which you cannot otherwise do in bright light. The neutral density filter will reduce the amount of light that reaches the sensor. This will allow you to get a properly exposed image using a slow shutter speed.
- If you want to shoot still moving waters, use fast shutter speed. It will also help you show the details of the water body.
- While composing the image, always place the horizon line in the lower part of the image. This will help create a contrasting presentation that captures the personality of the surroundings efficiently.
- If you’re capturing a waterfall, the best way to do it is to rotate the camera by 90 degrees, in portrait form, and then place the waterfall on one side of the frame. This will create a good portrayal of the landscape. This is a good way to photograph waterfalls unless you’re dealing with a waterfall that’s wider than taller.
- An interesting way to photograph rivers and waterfalls is to take pictures of the water bodies downstream. Showing the plunge, or the flow of the water is a wonderful way to portray depth and is an exercise in capturing the quintessence of the water body in its most natural element.