Waterfalls are one of my favorite shooting subjects. The contrast between the fog from the water stream and the stone can form a beautiful composition. Shooting a waterfall is not difficult. Try the following six techniques to shoot!

 

(1) Choose an Appropriate Time to Shoot

The best time to shoot a waterfall is after the rain. At this time, the water flow is sufficient. Not only can green moss appear greener, but water can be mixed with the earth to add color to the waterfall.

A good time to shoot a waterfall after the rain!

A good time to shoot a waterfall after the rain!

(2) Arrive Early

Unless your target waterfall is difficult to reach or is usually crowded. Try to get to the spots earlier so that you can shoot at the waterfall alone. If there is a crowd, try to find a gap to get closer to the waterfall to shoot the details.

Proper composition can avoid the crowd.

Proper composition can avoid without a crowd.

(3) Don’t Forget a Tripod

If you want to make the water flow foggy, you need to use a tripod to capture the movement of the water while keeping the stones clear. Adjust your shutter speed according to the speed of the water flow. The slower the shutter speed, the smoother the water flow. The first photo below uses a 6-second shutter, and the second photo uses a 1-second shutter. Remember, if lit, you can use light microscopy (ND Filter) to ensure correct exposure to the slow shutter.

This photo uses a 6 second shutter.

This photo uses a 6-second shutter.

If the water is fast, the shutter can also make the water slippery.

If the water is fast, the shutter can also make the water look slippery.

(4) Use Characters to Increase Interest

Adding characters to a photo can make it more attractive and storytelling. I had taken many exposed photos when I took this photo, but then I decided to wait for some people to stand on the bridge before shooting. To me, a photo with people is often more attractive than just a landscape, so don’t be afraid of the presence of people in a photo, but be aware that the shutter speed should not be too slow, otherwise the people will be lost!

Don't be afraid to add the right amount of people to your photos!

Don’t be afraid to add the right amount of people to your photos!

(5) Add a Foreground to the Photo

Another technique to make photos look more beautiful is to add a foreground to the waterfall. Take a look at the following photos-if the stone is missing, the photos will become ordinary and tasteless! Adding this stone can create a beautiful dynamic effect because the water flows through. So remember not to be anxious the next time you shoot, first look around to see if there is a proper prospect!

Adding prospects makes photos more interesting!

Adding prospects makes photos more interesting!

(6) Be Careful of Your Camera and Personal Safety

Waterfalls are usually slippery, so you have to be careful when walking on rocks. It is also recommended to cover the camera with a plastic bag when shooting to prevent it from getting wet. You can also prepare a rag to remove water droplets from the lens. A solid tripod and gimbal ensure that your camera will not fall into the water while shooting.

Be careful of yourself and your camera when shooting waterfalls.

Be careful of yourself and your camera when shooting waterfalls.

* Note: You also need to use ND dimmers to make the shutter slower without overexposure. It is recommended to use American FGEARS adjustable dimmers.

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