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How to shoot moving water

A fast shutter speed can result in some wonderful images of waterfalls and its surroundings, but  you may achieve a far more attractive result by slowing things down. To do this without overexposing your image, start by switching out of auto or program mode and selecting manual or apertur priority and reducing your camera’s ISO to its lowest setting (usually around ISO 200 or 100 ), and set your aperture to f16 or there abouts, then either use a neutral density (ND) filter for up to ten stops or, if you don’t have one try a polarizing filter to reduce the exposure by two stops.

Mount your camera on a tripod, take the picture, being careful not to shake the camera while it’s taking the shot. It may take several attempts to get this right, but don’t give up if you don’t get the perfect shot the first time around. One thing to keep in mind with long exposures though is if any wind is blowing, trees etc, the background or foreground will appear blurred. Keep trying and good luck.


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