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15 Waterfall Photography Tips – How-To Guide (With Pictures)

Waterfall Photography Tips Millaa Millaa Falls

If you’re looking for the best waterfall photography tips or just curious on how to photograph waterfalls, our professional guide will help you with everything you need to know.

Ever seen one of those ethereal and mesmerising pictures of waterfalls and wanted to create something similar?

Well in this article we’re going to teach you exactly how to shoot waterfalls like a pro.

Capturing the silky movement of the water tumbling over rocks, between lush ferns and flowing through the cascades can take an ordinary picture and make it print-worthy.

We’ve been working as professional photographers for years, and while we’re best known for our travel photography, we have built up a bit of a reputation for our waterfall photography in particular.

One of the most common questions we get is about how to photograph a waterfall with that classic silky moving water flow, and today we want to share our tips and secrets with you!

READ MORE: Don’t miss our detailed guide on landscape photography tips!

How to Photograph Waterfalls – A Professional Guide for Beginners and Intermediates

If you’ve never taken long exposure waterfall shots before, don’t worry – it’s surprisingly easy!

There’s just a few settings and technical aspects you need to know, then it all comes down to experimenting and creativity.

Let’s get into it!

Learn how to photograph waterfalls like this in our epic guide. Millaa Millaa Falls, Queensland. Sony A7Siii, f/8, ISO80, 3.2sec

Buy a Camera That Can Shoot in Manual

The first thing you need do is get yourself a camera that gives you complete control over all the camera settings. Also known as ‘manual mode’.

The good news is that you don’t need to go out break the bank to get one. In fact most new digital cameras now let you fully control things like shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

While it’s true that professional expensive cameras have higher quality, there’s no need for you to go out and buy the most expensive camera on the market.

Instead do your research (we recommend you check out this article we put together on the best travel cameras) and find one that fits in your budget.

Once you have the camera, you’re ready to go out and shoot waterfalls!

The best camera isn’t the most expensive one. It’s the one you have with you. Iguazu Falls shot on an old and slightly damaged Sony A7ii. f/8, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Use a Slow Shutter Speed

In order to make the water look silky smoothy you need to use slower shutter…

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