Each month a new focus will feature on this page. August’s spotlight gallery looks at waterfalls. So, a few tips when photographing waterfalls:
- Use a strong sturdy tripod as you will be using low shutter speeds.
- Use neutral density filters to slow down the movement of the water. A good exposure which keeps some texture in the water is about 4 seconds. If you want a candy-floss effect you will need shutter speeds in excess of 15 seconds.
- Photograph waterfalls in overcast or even rainy weather but keep a cloth handy to wipe filters and lenses! Don’t shoot in bright sunlight as you can get hot-spots and glare.
- Try to capture the motion of the waterfall as well as the shapes and the textures.
- Check you don’t over-expose so use your histogram.