07 Get silky smooth water shots
Blurring moving water can be tricky in bright sunlight: even if you set your camera to its lowest ISO and your lens to its smallest aperture, you still might not be able to achieve a slow enough shutter speed to get the extreme effect you’re after.
“If you do try to set a slow enough shutter speed,” explains landscape pro Tom Mackie, “your image is likely to be over-exposed. The answer is to use a filter to block out some light. To take this shot, I used a Lee Big Stopper ND filter, which blocks out ten stops of light. This meant I was able to set an exposure time of 26 secs at f/10 and ISO100.”
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* Set up your camera on a sturdy tripod and ensure the camera is sheltered.
* Set the ISO on your camera to a low setting of around 100 and keep the aperture narrow to reduce the light.
* Check the histogram on the camera’s rear screen as you shoot to ensure you retain detail on the water’s highlights.
PAGE 1: Shoot a seasonal still life
PAGE 2: Shoot a high-key portrait
PAGE 3: Shoot a pool-side portrait
PAGE 4: Shoot a late-summer sunset
PAGE 5: Shoot birds in flight
PAGE 6: Shoot a seascape at dusk
PAGE 7: Shoot moving water
PAGE 8: Shoot at sunrise
PAGE 9: Shoot from a boat