PHOTOGRAPHY OF WATER
There are different ways to look at water, for example, as a fascinating background from Hollywood films, a dreamy forest stream … or maybe as an element full of movement. Learn how to photograph water and what laws of photography it obeys. Let our six tips for photographing water help improve your creative path.
The advantage of aquafhoto is that water landscapes are around us. And almost every form of water can look good in the pictures. You can even find great places to shoot right near your home. And if suddenly it seems to you that “something” is missing, you can go further along the water …
Large water surfaces, such as ponds, lakes and seas, can look very impressive in the frame. Look at the water surface at sunset, you will be surprised by what you see.
The resulting image is directly dependent on the exposure. In the upper example, the shutter speed is 1/13 s, but the picture will change dramatically when the exposure changes. Therefore, if you plan to use a gradient filter, or ND filter, squeeze the diaphragm tightly to get a greater depth of field, you will need to use a tripod to minimize camera shake and be able to remove water at high shutter speeds. Please note that the movement of water will blur, and the picture will have a more fabulous look.
Water photography is not a reason to shoot only at sunset. You can also take pictures all day. And you can also shoot large water spaces, for example, the sea. To keep your photo boring, include the coastline in your landscape.
The coastlines look interesting on the surface of the water. Trees, buildings, mountain tops – everything that is reflected in the water adds a peculiar story to the picture.
Please note that you can take such pictures only with very calm water. Study the “weather behavior” in a particular locale. The photo above was taken in the early morning, the rest of the day a strong wind was blowing and the top of the Matterhorn mountain was visible only once.
It is easier to get a good image if the subjects are very close to a small water surface, where there are no big waves, for example. The best candidates for water photography are small garden pools or small park lakes.
Another thing to keep in mind when shooting reflections: while for landscape photography it is recommended to place the horizon line rather high or low on the contrary, when photographing with the surface of the water, it is best to position the horizon in the middle. Thus, due to symmetry, it will turn out to convey grandeur and the picture will really shine. But you don’t have to follow this recommendation at all costs; with a fairly calm water surface, you can even take great pictures, as shown below.
How to shoot water against the light
Photographs in contour require special shooting skills. If you are lucky, the light will not be too intense, and your camera will be able to capture the picture in the full dynamic range. In extreme cases, the sun will be too “fiery” in the picture. And since it is also reflected from the mirror water surface, most of the image will be too bright.
If this problem is critical, there is an effective way to solve it. Take several identical shots with different exposure settings. For this, the camera’s built-in function called “Exposure bracketing” (or similar) will be useful. When you activate it, the camera will take a series of shots with different indicators when you press the shutter button. Next, combine the result into one photo during post-processing.
Photographing water with a polarizing filter. You can also use another trick to capture reflections — use a polarizing filter. Rotate it until all unnecessary reflections disappear and you get a perfect water surface. To get an idea of the difference between images using a polarization filter and without it.