Beginners Photography - Capturing Moving Water
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Capturing Moving Water in Photography
By Amy Renfrey
Beginners Photography - Photorealistic Images:
If you permit the automatic
in your camera to record the moving water, chances
are it will opt to utilize a fast shutter speed to eliminate blur.
While this gives an accurate depiction of the moving water, it may not
create the tone or texture that is desired.
Beginners Photography - Smooth Water:
By adjusting camera settings manually the appearance of moving water
can be made smooth and almost
"soft". This is done by choosing a slow shutter speed.
This may require
reliance on a tripod to prevent hand shake and blurriness, but the
result will be dramatically different than from an automatic settings.
The slower the speed of the shutter the blurrier the passing water
becomes giving it the softer and opaque appearance.
Beginners Photography - Basic Shutter
For blurry water it is
best to begin with one eighth second setting and work down from there,
but true smooth water usually is not available until a shutter is open
for a full second or more. Also the lower the ISO
on the shot the more
likely the image captured is going to be satisfactory.
This is where
the smallest aperture and highest f/stop
will result in the slowest
possible shutter speed for the ISO and lighting conditions.
Beginners Photography - Remember Distance:
The distance between the
camera and the image of water it is capturing changes the effect of
shutter speed on the "blur" factor. The closer the camera is to the
water the more quickly the blur is captured.
Low lighting may exist
within many moving water environments and this too will necessitate
slower shutter speeds and even tripods.
Beginners Photography - Rely on Shutter
experiment with a few shutter speed settings for moving water, and
shutter priority to determine the f-stop and aperture on the image.
Record which results you find the most appealing and visit other bodies
of moving water to further experiment.
Beginners Photography - Don't Limit Subjects:
remember that water
flows to the sea shore in large waves and gentle lapping tides, it
flows from lawn sprinklers and regularly spurts and erupts from public
fountains, so experiment at many types of locations.
bodies of water never present the
same image capture requirement which is why photographing moving water
such a fun and highly experimental venture.
Many photographers return
same locations throughout the year to record the variations in plant
water levels and to learn about photographing in the changing light and
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