Water Photography Tips - How to photograph slow motion water and blur waterfalls
A popular flickr search is slow motion water images that look as though they are posters instead of digital photographs. A beginner photographer may also think the blurred water motion is a result of Photoshop effects. However as you'll soon discover, the slow motion blurring of the water is a result of digital SLR camera settings.
Digital SLR camera settings for slow motion water
The secret to blurring water in photographs, as though they are in a slow dreamy motion, is to firstly set your digital camera on shutter priority.
If you find yourself near a running creek or waterfall with your camera hand held and no tripod available, then a shutter speed of 0.25 sec (1/4) is slow enough to blur the water, yet still fast enough to mininize possible camera shake. Remember, it's the water you want blurred and not the surrounding landscape.
Personally I find I can hand hold my camera for up to 2 seconds without seeing bad effects from camera shake. The photograph shown below of slow running water was taken with a shutter speed of 2 seconds. I was standing quite close to the water with a hand held camera.
Both photographs above were taken with a Canon 400D (Rebel XTi) Digital SLR Camera.
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