Water in photography makes for a very interesting subject, and the different forms that it can take are incredibly vast. Whether it’s a waterfall, waterscape, seascape, river, lake, water droplet, or dew droplet, it’s all made up of the same elements. Today we’re focusing in on this unique subject, showcasing a hundred beautiful watery images, and pointing you in the right direction to find out more about water photography.
Select a Slow Shutter Speed
Although there are many techniques for photographing water, the first we’re going to mention is using a slow shutter speed. This has the effect of smoothing out all the lines, ripples and water droplets into a soft, dream-like image. It’s a great way to capture the movement of water, and is a technique often adopted when shooting waterfalls
For this, you’ll need good light, and a tripod to hold your camera steady. Start with a shutter speed of half a second, and gradually increase or decrease it until you have the effect that you’re looking for.
Or, Try a Fast Shutter Speed
Of course, you could choose to take the complete opposite route, and use a very fast shutter speed. This gives a completely different type of photo, capturing a pin-point moment in the movement of water.
A popular technique here is to either drop something into a glass of water and capture the moment it hits the surface, or alternatively pop a balloon filled with water at the precise moment you press the shutter. Both of these are really interesting techniques that take practice and patience.
Shooting individual water droplets is an interesting task in itself, and we’ve covered the topic extensively on Phototuts+ before. Check out our guide entitled 13 Steps for Shooting the Perfect Water Droplet for the full details on how you can approach this type of shot.