I really like the title of this article. Part of me just wants to stop at the title and leave you with loads of cool water images. Ahhh! But I will not leave you hanging like that. In today’s post, I am going to give a few tips that are taught in the water photography class. This is probably one of my favorite classes. Whether this class is taught one on one or in a group, it always is fun and produces incredible “how’d you do that” photos. I love seeing students bragging about their photos.
Great photos of water can be taken in many different forms. Some of these include; water drips, breaking waves and cascading waterfalls. I have several tips to consider for your next water photography extravaganza:
The simplest way to freeze water in motion is to use a fast shutter speed. A slow shutter speed will show the motion of the whole drip. Keep in mind the faster the shutter speed is, the less amount of light will be captured. So this may mean that you will need to add more light to compensate.
Be Cautious When Shooting Large Waves
Waves are great when you shoot them properly. I suggest taking your photos below the mid to lowest height of the wave. This will make it appear more dramatic. The larger the wave, the more dramatic it is. You can force this drama into existence just by a change in your angle. Also use a lens with a long focal length. Keep your distance when taking the photos. I don’t want to read about you being swallowed up by a wave.
Use Reflection To Your Advantages
Water has a great reflective quality…so take advantage of it. Try shooting in several directions while being aware of the location of your source of light.
Shoot early in the morning or late in the day to get the best lighting. Lighitng from this time of day can create long shadows cast by the boats and other objects to add a little ump to your photos.
Zoom In The Details
To get a closer look you should zoom in the details of the photos that you are taking.
Don’t shoot the first object that catches your eye. Take your time and identify any patterns that might be on the water. Look for leading lines. For example, if you are shooting on a water body with boats, you should identify a pattern in the ropes or any other items laid on the dock or boat’s deck.
Include People And Wildlife
Although, you can take great photos of plain water, you should make the photos interesting by including people and any animals that might be near the water. For example, if your children or your family members are walking on the shoreline, you should take photos of them.
If you are going to photograph strangers, always seek their permission. Personally, I prefer animals.
These are just a few tips on how to take great water photos. Sign up for our water photography class to learn more.