Landscape photography ideas for rivers, waterfalls and lakes

Shoot Like A Pro: landscape photography ideas for rivers, waterfalls and lakes

As our Shoot Like A Pro series continues, we move on from our month of outdoor portrait photography tips to a new month of looking at some of exciting, new landscape photography ideas for taking pictures in a range of different settings. This week we take a look at how to shoot rivers, waterfalls and lakes.

Shoot Like A Pro: landscape photography ideas for rivers, waterfalls and lakes

From shooting at sunrise or sunset, to the rule of thirds, there are loads of unwritten rules about what makes 
good landscape photography. There’s nothing wrong with following the basic rules of photography, but it’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut, producing the same old style over and over again – a single boulder in the foreground and blurry water in front of a sunset, for example.

So we’ve come up with a range of landscape photography tips techniques that you can use to breathe new life into your pictures. Each week this month we’ll bring you fresh advice on getting original shots in classic landscape locations, from lowlands and woodlands to mountains and beaches, but many of the photography techniques will be useful wherever, and whenever, you choose to shoot.

Don’t be afraid to try something new – you never know, you might even come up with your own twist 
on the techniques revealed here and go on to transform your shots.

Photo Ideas for rivers, waterfalls and lakes


Photo Ideas for rivers, waterfalls and lakes

From a flat, calm lake to a surging waterfall, water can dramatically change the character of your landscape images. Here are four ways to capture its different moods.

Shallow depth of field
Keeping as much of your shot in focus from front to back by using a wide-angle lens and small aperture (such as f/16) isn’t the only approach you can take when you’re shooting landscapes. Why not try using shallow depth of field to give your shots a completely different look?

This approach works best if you have a subject such as a flower, rock or tree in the foreground, because this gives the image a focal point.

You need to choose a wide aperture such as f/4, and focus on a subject as close to the camera as possible for the most dramatic effect.

The thing to remember here is the greater the distance between the foreground subject and the background, the more out of focus the background will be.


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