Click Water Picturesque: Five Tips of Photographing Water
Landscape Photography Long Exposure Photography
May 26, 2017

The love for something is as such that it will make you crave for it for a lot and also you will always want to experiment with lots of stuff to improve your creativity. And yes, I am talking about the photography. If you love photography or if photography is your hobby then you will probably feel me when I say that I always feel to photograph every new thing and increase my creativity and also enhance my photography skills. From rest of all other things, I feel photographing water is quite a challenge. I love to click the perfect ripples in the water and so most of you must be having other preferences. And here we have come up with some tips for photographing water.

Every kind of photography requires skills and few tips. And we have jotted down some of the best and the easiest tips of photographing water, here. Let us directly go on to the tips.


The reflections which appear in the water have a beauty of its own. It makes the water photography even more beautiful. It appears to be the best where the water is not moving and is extremely calm. But if the water is moving or having those ripple effects then abstract reflections can look great. But it may also happen that it can distract your image. So in such cases, you must eliminate the reflections where ever possible and you can click the pictures from another angle where the sun is at a new angle. If you want to take the help of a filter then the polarizing filter is the best as it removes some of the reflections and gives your image a variation and a nicer look. There are lots of ways of photographing the reflections keeping the main focus on the water rather than the subject.




One of the best tip and technique of photographing water is to use the correct underexpose formula. Your camera must have the perfect exposure to suit your photography needs. When you have decided to photograph water then you need to check that too many highlights are not good in such cases as it can make the picture look white. If you are photographing water and you underexpose it by 1/3rd or 2/3rd a stop then it can be decent. If you are shooting the waterfalls, then clicking it in overcast conditions is always good because there is no direct sunlight on the water.


If you are the beach lover or love to click the waves then this tip is really helpful for you. You need to think a bit out of the box, obviously, because you want your click to be the best. A right shutter speed is very important in this scenario. If you choose the fast shutter speed then it is good as it freezes the motion and shows the waves in the best possible way. Also, it happens at the fast shutter speed that the camera indicates that the light for particular photography is insufficient. And in this situation, adjusting the ISO can be brought in use. If you get more close to the water then it makes the blurring effect of the water come more into notice.


Some good filters are always required to enhance any picture. Using the polarizer is also very useful as we said. It helps in removing the reflections and also cutting out the glares. The benefit of cutting out of the glares is that it brings the actual color details of the water and whatever lies beneath the surface. Another good filter is the neutral density filter. It helps in creating long exposures during the day. They do not allow the light to reach the camera sensor and this allows your camera to stay with a high aperture for a long time. One of the main things to notice about the Neutral Density filter is that they do not affect the color in the photo.




Taking the pictures of the water with a tripod is not always easy so if you step inside the water with your tripod you must need to take some extra care of yourself as well as of your camera. Walking in the water is never easy even at the start point of the sea or the beach. So you have to take extra care when you step inside the water. Also, you will be having a camera and a tripod which will make your walk even more difficult. You have to take care of all these things. But even it seems risky it is worth trying. If you have not tried it before, still you should try something new and beautiful. Still, if this does not sound exciting to you or you more scared than what we can assume then you can always trust the zoom lens. It is helpful as it brings some close-up details. You can try out some unusual angles also in this way.



So, we hope that these tips may be useful to you in many ways. As I said I love the ripples in the water and would love to capture the best sight of it, you guys also must be imagining some other favorite situations. Some other sights must be fascinating for you and here we tried to solve and give tips to you for most of the scenarios. It is true that photographing water is never an easy task yet it is very fun and endearing. The final pictures which you make after adding the filters and using the perfect angles are worth a sight. I genuinely love these kinds of pictures as they are very soothing and peaceful. Have a great water photography time, guys.

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