Water photography: make stunning pictures of water in any environment

Water photography: make stunning pictures of water in any environment

How to blur movement in-camera

 

How to blur movement in-camera: step 1

1 Keep your camera stable
Using long shutter speeds comes with an increased risk of camera shake, so the best option is to mount the camera on a tripod and use a remote release to fire it for the sharpest results. If you don’t have a remote release, use the self-timer to fire the camera instead.

 

How to blur movement in-camera: step 2

2 Select Shutter Priority
To control the shutter speed, set the camera to its Shutter Priority exposure mode and select the lowest ISO setting available. As the camera is mounted on a tripod, you’ll also find it easier to get consistent results by setting the lens to manual focus.

 

How to blur movement in-camera: step 3

3 Get exposure right
You will struggle to achieve long shutter speeds in bright conditions, even at the lowest ISO and smallest aperture. In these conditions you can use a Neutral Density filter to reduce the light reaching the sensor, which will allow you to use longer shutter speeds.

Timing your water photography

 

Timing your water photography: sunset

When shooting at sunrise or sunset you’ll find that the shutter speeds you can use change very quickly. Once the sun has risen, or before it has set, you’ll be limited to using a shutter speed of 1/2 sec or less, unless you use a Neutral Density filter to reduce the light levels further.

But shooting before the sun has risen, or after it has set, you’ll be able to use longer shutter speeds.

Timing your water photography: after sunset

So, if you want to use extreme shutter speeds without having to use filters, try to shoot in the hour before sunrise or after sunset, while there is still some colour in the sky.

PAGE 1: Water photography tips for freezing movement
PAGE 4: Blur movement like a pro for classic effect
PAGE 6: How to photograph reflections like a pro
PAGE 9: How to remove surface glare from your water photography
PAGE 10: Get creative with the fine details

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