Photographing Moving Water

Moving Water at Gooseberry Falls.

When photographing moving water and you want the free flowing or silk look to it you are going to need some equipment first. These attachments depend on the DSLR camera brand that you own. Find the correct equipment by googling the list below with your brand name camera next to it.

Photographing Moving Water

When I’m photographing moving water I want to get out in the morning or later in the evening so I don’t have to deal with the harsh sunlight. Set up in a sturdy location for your tripod and get your camera ready.

You will need:

  • Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera
  • tripod
  • neutral density filter (NDS)
  • remote shutter (not necessarily needed)

Photographing Moving Water Settings

If you don’t have a remote shutter, what you can do is set it up with a timer to shoot for you instead (revert to cameras manual for setting up for the timer). You are going to want to set your camera on ISO 100 or 400, aperture at 11, and f-stop depending on how much blur you want in the photo. If you are getting blown out shots, which most of the time you will, put the NDS filter on the camera and adjust accordingly along with adjusting your shutter speed. The longer the shutter speed is the more effect you will have in your photograph.

Keep In Mind:

It will take you a few test shots to get everything they way you want it. There are no exact settings for this. A lot of factors will come into play. Such as, is it sunny or cloudy? Time of day?

Remember when shooting scenes, in like most photography, set up for the rule of thirds and look at your surroundings. Make sure to keep on bringing the persons eyes back to the center of the photograph.

Shaun Stanich
Shaun Stanich Design & Photography

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