Tips for improving your water photography
Long Exposure Photography
Pixean
November 20, 2017

If you have a look at some of the photographer's work then you will always find his portfolio or his social media pages filled with pictures of nature, landscape, flowers, seas, water and more. And the reason is that there are so many options available where you can click photographs of nature. There is a lot to experience for every photographer in such areas. If you are an amateur or a budding photographer, then we suggest you that you must try your hands on all sorts of nature photography. Water photography is one of the interesting, exciting and a challenging subject for photography. Water can have many forms like waterfalls, seas, fountains, exciting river and much more. The element of composition in water photography is a must factor which needs to be kept in mind. And apart from these, here are few tips for improving your water photography.

THE MIRROR EFFECT       

The mirror effect is one of the best things that can be done while clicking the pictures of water. Water is a natural mirror and the mirror effect pictures on it simply out of this world. So, the key here is to identify the reflections. All the reflections may not be enchanting and flattering for the images. It may either be enhancing or distracting your images. If it is distracting, you can move a bit ahead and try to remove the reflections wherever possible. Or the second thing that you can do is return to the location where the sun is at a different angle. When it comes to using the filters, you can use the polarizing filter to remove some reflections and give a nice contrast. If the water is calm and it is not exciting, then here comes the role of the reflections which can make your water photography more exciting. Another thing that can be done with the reflections is that you can simply capture the reflection of a particular thing in water and blur out the actual subject. This can also be exciting. So, now you know how to play with the reflections.

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CHECK OUT HOW TO UNDER EXPOSE

When you are clicking any picture, one thing that you always keeps checked is the perfect exposure. You can never compromise with your exposure settings at all. Probably this is the first thing that you learn while photographing is managing the exposure in your pictures. But too much of exposure presence in your photos make it all white. Also, too many highlights can make lose the details and no one will be able to see the amazing areas. So if you under expose water by 1/3 to ½ stop and this will benefit you. If you are shooting waterfalls, then you can click it in overcast conditions as in this case, there is no direct sunlight on the water itself.

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CLICK THAT MOTION IN WATER

Shutter speed is another important thing that you need to keep in mind while capturing water. You also need to first think that what is the purpose of your particular water photography and then you can decide how to proceed further. If you choose fast shutter speed then it freezes the motion and it works the best for crashing waves to show the activity of an ocean. Also, during the fast shutter process, you can face some issues of insufficient light and you can adjust your ISO and get things done. And then comes the slow shutter speed. It gives the cool effect. In this case, you can fix the exposure between 0.5 and 10 seconds and keep a sure check that your camera is still and you need a tripod for sure. For shooting in long exposures, a great time is a dawn or dusk as you can get some neutral density filter.

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USE OF THE CORRECT FILTER

We have told you earlier about the use of the polarizer to remove the reflections. If you do not need the reflections in your images then you can use the polarizer filter. Another filter is the neutral density filter which can be put to use. They can create long exposures during the day as they give better control over exposure. They actually restrict the light from reaching the camera sensor. It leaves your camera with the higher aperture for a longer time. This filter does not affect the colour of the photograph in any way but it is not same with the polarizer filter.

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STEP DOWN INTO THE WATER

If you do not step into the water, you are sure to miss out on lots of details. So, stepping down into the water and getting your feet wet can get you some amazing pictures. So, step down safely into the water with your tripod. Make sure that your tripod and your camera is safe. When you will be into it, you will realize that this perspective is worth all the efforts. Well, if you are afraid to step into the water and you cannot get into it with your equipments then you can zoom the lens of your camera and for some closer details. You can click some of the great pictures with unusual angles in this case.

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These were some tips for improving your water photography. Water is a tricky subject but it all depends on your creativity and imagination that makes you unique and gets you the best pictures. It is totally your mind game when it comes to photography, after all, it's the photographer's eye that clicks and his imagination that creates a particular photography. We hope these tips would help you a lot for water photography.

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