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How to Photograph Still Water

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How to Photograph Still Water

What could be more simple than photographing perfectly still, perfectly tranquil water? It’s gorgeous, it doesn’t move, and it doesn’t get impatient. Still water should be right up there with well-behaved adults and two-dimensional works of art as amongst the easiest things to photograph.

Except of course that nothing is really as simple as it seems, especially when it comes to photography. So what makes photographing still water such a challenge? Keep reading to find out. Continue Reading »

How to Photograph Marinas, Boardwalks and Piers

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How to Photograph Marinas, Boardwalks and Piers

When you think of seascapes, you probably think of long, sandy beaches, beautiful rock formations and the crashing surf. And it’s certainly true that most people don’t get tired of these scenes, no matter how samey they may be. There’s something about the ocean that inspires us, and any ocean lover will tell you that there’s just nothing boring about the sea.

But it’s probably also true that if you spend a lot of time photographing the ocean, you start to wish for a little variety. You can find that by looking for places where the ocean collides with civilization – like marinas, boardwalks and piers. But there’s a trick to capturing both the wild and civilized faces of these locations – keep reading to find out how.
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Taking Captivating Photos in the Rain

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Taking Captivating Photos in the Rain

Let’s say you’re headed out to the beach to take some photos of the surf. You check out the weather forecast on your smart phone and learn that torrential downpours are expected for most of the afternoon. Do you A) stay inside and play Mahjong all afternoon or B) reschedule your trip, then play Mahjong all afternoon or C) pack up your camera and rain guard and go anyway?

If you avoided answer C, then you need some tips on rain photography. Because most hobbyists will answer A or B (or some variation thereof), and most have no idea how many great shots they’re missing.
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How to Photograph Water Droplets

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How to Photograph Water Droplets

Cameras are excellent at capturing moments in time. But besides just capturing babies in their full, unbridled cuteness, cameras can also capture moments in time that we don’t even notice. One example is whisps of smoke just before they vanish into the air. Another is falling drops of water.
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Taking Photos of Rain

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Taking Photos of Rain

It beats on our rooftops. It makes us turn on our windshield wipers. It creates puddles on the sidewalk and wreaks havoc with landslides. Rain can be dramatic or it can be subtle, and as a photographer, it makes for unique photographic opportunities that most people don’t think about until they see it in an image.

Often, too many people are afraid of getting their gear wet…or even themselves. But, with the right precautions and coverage, the results are worth the undertaking. Other than staying dry, there are several things to consider… let’s explore them.
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How To Create Beautiful Waterfall Pictures

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How To Create Beautiful Waterfall Pictures

One of life’s simple truths: you can’t walk past a waterfall without taking a photo of it. That would just be wrong!

But you don’t often get a chance to go back and do it over again, either, so you’d better make sure you get it right. Waterfalls are elusive creatures – and by that I mean that getting to them often requires a certain amount of effort, such as a long drive and/or a long hike. If you don’t get the right shot the first time you either have to hike in again or forget the whole endeavor. And waterfalls that aren’t secluded have the annoying extra problem of being surrounded by a lot of other people, most of whom are also trying to capture that perfect photo.

Here’s how to guarantee you’ll come home from that hike with plenty of beautiful waterfall pictures.
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Picking A Shutter Speed For The Best Waterfall Pictures

Picking A Shutter Speed For The Best Waterfall Pictures

A lot of people ask me how I get such great-looking pictures of waterfalls. What makes the water look so smooth? The answer is always the same. It’s in the shutter speed. You can make water look like anything you want if you know which shutter speeds to use. Fast-moving, slow-moving, it doesn’t matter. Here’s a clever way to pick the right shutter speed for photographing waterfalls.
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How To Make Waterfalls Look Blurred In A Photo

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How To Make Waterfalls Look Blurred In A Photo

Some photographic effects will never go out of style. If you’ve ever seen those gorgeous photos of silky smooth waterfalls, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. It doesn’t take that much knowledge or equipment to create this effect. All you need is a waterfall, a tripod, a camera, and willingness to get up at the crack of dawn.
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Taking Pictures In Wet Weather

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Taking Pictures In Wet Weather

When the weather takes a turn for the worse, a lot of photographers put away their cameras. It’s always the same old sob story. It’s gray out. Nothing has any color. But nothing could be further from the truth. When it starts to rain, whatever does have color becomes extremely colorful. It’s the perfect time to get out and photograph the flowers in your garden or just about anything.
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How To Take Photos Of Mist On A Lake After Sunrise

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How To Take Photos Of Mist On A Lake After Sunrise

The sunrise and the fog. They are two of the most dramatic elements you can add to any photograph. When you combine them, they can create the feelings of mystery and foreboding. Today, we’re going to learn how to take pictures of mist on a lake just after the sun has risen. There’s a special trick to this, and once you figure it out, you’ll have some pictures that are no less than awe-inspiring.
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How Do They Do That? Silky Smooth Waterfalls And Streams.

How Do They Do That? Silky Smooth Waterfalls And Streams.

You’ve seen them. Mystical photographs of streams make waterfalls look like they aren’t even from the planet Earth. When I first saw these kinds of photos, I wondered how it was even possible to create them with a simple digital SLR camera. There is a way to make waterfalls and streams as silky smooth as the ones you see in professional photographs. Here is how you do it.
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How To Photograph A Drop Of Water

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How To Photograph A Drop Of Water

It seems simple enough. Taking a shot of a drop of water. You just want to take a picture of a water droplet. How hard could it be? Well, if you want a crystal clear image, you will need more equipment than just your camera. This isn’t something you can do without having a decent amount of equipment on hand. But don’t let that stop you from reading further. The results can be spectacular!
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