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Indy Photo Coach 12:35am, 10 June 2009

The warm weather has finally arrived! Time for planning vacations, camps, parties and outdoor activities for the upcoming months.
But more importantly, realize some of the different photography scenarios you'll face with bright sunlight and hazy skies.

Enjoy this season!

Do you wonder how the great photographers get the silky, cottony-effect when photographing moving water, such as waterfalls or cascading streams?
They do it by using an extremely slow shutter speed showing motion as a blur.

1) Mount your camera on your tripod.

2) Set your shooting mode to Shutter Priority (Tv).
a) As a starting point, use a shutter speed of 1/8 second. The "correct" shutter speed is dependent upon the speed of the flowing water. For slow-moving water, the shutter speed could be as slow as 2 seconds.
b) Use your self-timer to trip the shutter thereby avoiding camera movement.
c) Shoot and analyze the image using your LCD back screen. Keep slowing the shutter speed down, shooting and analyzing until you achieve your desired effect.


With experience, you will be able to predict a starting point close to the "correct" shutter speed by observing the speed of the flowing water. I say "correct", because that is the shutter speed needed to show your effect as the photographer. A fellow student photographer's correct shutter speed for that same flowing water may be different depending on what he/she is trying to show.

This week’s assignment: Find a small cascading stream or waterfall and photograph the cottony-effect recording the different shutter speeds used and which one was the correct one.

By Ron Kness
shelbyR 9 years ago
This is a previous attempt from the last IPC social event @ holiday park (waiting patiently for the next one!). I have a new waterfall scoped out, and hope to capture it this week.
Water Fall
brash recess [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by brash recess (member) 9 years ago
While at williamsburg village i took this shot of the falls and the effects of the water inside of the falls

Water Art
brash recess [deleted] 9 years ago
Rushing waters
vpbaskar 9 years ago
Taken at 116thand cumberland
DSC00497 by vpbaskar
Paul J Everett 9 years ago
Moving Falls
Paul J Everett 9 years ago
Running Falls
Venu_Nair PRO Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Venu_Nair (member) 9 years ago
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Picture taken in Gatlinburg, TN - Stream by the Roaring Fork Motor Trail
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