Taking pictures of waterfalls

I love waterfalls, watching the water and the sound.   There are so many kinds of waterfalls, everything from huge falls like Niagara Falls to water falling over the rocks in a stream.

There are 2 basic ways to take photos of waterfalls, you can just capture the image the same way you take a photo of any other landscape,or you can capture the waterfall and make the water look silky.

image of the waterfalls at stone door park

There is no right or wrong way to photography waterfalls, it all comes down to personal preference, I am still undecided to which style I like better, I do like the silky look but you miss the sparkle in the water and some of the detail in the flowing water when you capture water this way.

image of a waterfall in gatlinburg

To get the silky look of water is a little more complicated than just capturing the landscape.   The most important thing is you have to use a tripod.   Use your shutter priority mode (tv on the canon) set an  exposure of approx 1 seconds.  The problem with long exposure is that it allows more light into your image and your sky will blow out and be white.  It is much better to shot in the early morning light or on an overcast day, I took this photo at high noon so the light is a bit harsh but since I zoomed in on the water you don’t see the sky.    When taking your waterfall image, take lots of shots and try different shutter speeds and remember you can still get a beautiful waterfall image just by taking a normal scenic shot.

When taking photos of waterfalls try to take different views and angles for interest, straight on shots can sometimes be a little boring.

image of waterfalls at rock island park



Taking pictures of waterfalls — 5 Comments

  1. Bridget, These are beautiful. I love the landscape waterfalls. Also, the silky look of the long exposure is very nice. Thanks!

  2. Bridget on said:

    Thanks Kimberli, I have been taking pictures of waterfalls for a long time but this was my 1st try with the long exposure and I was happy with how it turned out, next time I will just have to try it without the harsh sun

  3. yes, these shots are beautiful! I don’t know if I could choose a favorite style as these all have such great characteristics. It does make you want to just pack up a picnic lunch and head out on a hike to watch the waterfalls and catch their beauty any time of day or night. There is something so soothing about the sound of falling water. Thanks for these gorgeous shots. This is why I keep coming back to this blog, you take so many breath taking shots that help to remind us of the real beauty that can be found all around us if we only take the time to stop and look.

  4. Gorgeous photos, as usual. I think I like the silky look the best although all the waterfall images are great. Looking at them makes me feel like I am right there.

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