waterfall photography

Waterfall Photography

Everyone loves the waterfalls, and people go on long trips to enjoy this amazing creation of nature. Waterfalls are simply fun and bathing in it is an experience you can’t miss out on. Sitting under a waterfall, drowning in its deafening sound is one of the most tranquil experiences you can ever have in nature. The avid photographer cannot slip by a chance to capture some stunning waterfall images. While clicking waterfalls is simple, remember to be extra careful about your equipment. Follow these tips for some fantastic waterfall images.

Elakala Waterfalls

Judge the waterfall:

A lot of photography is done based on judgement. You have to understand the functions and limitations of your camera along with external factors like the weather, light and supplementary equipment. Waterfall photography is best done on your judgement. Manipulating the shutter speed can help you create ghostly or dramatic images of the water. Your aperture is critical in adding just the right amount of depth in your photos.  While composing your frame, don’t forget to follow the rule of the thirds. Try not to have too many elements in the frame that would rob away the waterfall’s charm.

Tripod:

The tripod is a simple yet crucial tool for waterfall photography. Besides adding to the stability of your image, the tripod lets you shoot long exposure shots with relative ease. You can even add additional protection to your lens and body against water droplets.

Weather

Check the weather forecast before heading out to shoot a waterfall. Slightly clouded skies with no rain would be ideal. If the sun is out, you could be lucky enough to see a rainbow near the waterfall. Sprays of water and the sun in the right position will get you the magical rainbow.

Filters:

There many filters you could play with to get different results. It’s recommended to use a Neutral Density filter for better quality of contrast. You can also try using a Polarising filter to nullify the light that causes overexposed spots near the water. Take two exposures, one for the water and one for the surrounding to get a balanced picture with perfect lighting.

Lastly, we suggest that you learn by trial and error. It’s the best way to learn and get stunning images. Happy shooting!

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Rainbow Photography

Sighting rainbows is always thrilling. This natural phenomenon is simply magical and can completely transform the horizon. Rainbows make everything look like fairyland and surreal. Capturing these wonderful sights should definitely be on every photographer’s list. A rainbow is an optical phenomenon that occurs due to the refraction of light through water vapour. If you are extremely lucky, you can sometimes catch multiple rainbows too! In multiple rainbows, the secondary arc is seen outside the primary rainbow in a fainter inverted arrangement of colours. The natural conditions have a large influence on the characteristic of the rainbow and its appearance. Here are some handy tips on capturing a shot of rainbows:

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1. Composition:

The composition of your photo is extremely crucial. The colours of the rainbow may not always be bright. Try to frame the rainbow against a clear background without too many elements and the foreground should ideally be a contrast to the sky. Try keeping a good balance between the elements in the foreground, and background.

2. Polarising Filter:

Unnecessary light can reduce the rainbow’s visibility in the taken picture. Using a polarising filter will cut out excess light and the colours of the rainbow would come out brightly. Polarising filters increase the vibrancy of colours by reducing the sunlight that passes through the camera lens.

3. Lens:

Keep a wide angle and telephoto lens handy. The wide-angle lens will help you capture the entire width of the rainbow. You can capture the entire primary arc and if you are lucky, the secondary rainbow arcs too. The telephoto lens comes in handy when you aim for the ‘End-Of-The-Rainbow’ shots. Rainbow photography trips would be sorely incomplete without an image of the point where the rainbow meets the ground.

4. Metering:

Consciously meter the light away from the dark clouds behind the rainbow. This will reduce the vibrancy of the rainbow.

Chasing rainbows is an exciting adventure! Rainbows often last for a few minutes, not giving you enough time to set up your equipment. It is advisable to also use a good tripod to capture rainbows for stable and sharp shots. We hope you capture some stunning rainbows with the help of these tips and who knows, maybe the pot of gold too.

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Rain Photography and Camera Care

Rain photography is a dangerous obsession and those who catch the bug find it hard to let go. This is a double edged sword and you tread carefully between ruining your camera and capturing stunning photos. With some simple tips and care you can capture photos which most of your friends would only ogle in photography magazines. More often than not, capturing photos in the rains is about getting the basics right and Mother Nature does the magic for you. Follow these tips and you will be on your way to some amazing pictures in the rain.

Rain Photography

Shutter Speed

The drops of rain can be fun to capture. The shutter speed can determine the texture of water droplets in the picture. If you choose a higher a shutter speed of about 1/1000s, you can freeze the moment. Everything would seem to be in a state of trance, perfectly still. This brings a lot of drama to the image. Alternatively, you can opt for a slower shutter speed of about 1/125s. It creates a blurred picture of the rain and is effective in showing dynamism. In extremely overcast conditions, it is recommended that you use a high ISO setting too.

Lens

Your lens is everything, while capturing an image. Use a long focal length lens in the rains, as this reduces the chances of rain splashes. Aim long and against an apt background. Contrasts will help you highlight the raindrops and keep your camera well covered and dry.

Tripod

While you would be shooting on fairly fast shutter speeds, it is advisable to use a tripod. Besides the stability, it can give you additional options to shield the camera from the rain. You could also, try using a cable release and hold an umbrella over the camera to ensure safety of the equipment.

Exposure Compensation

The light during the rains can become difficult to shoot; in such cases you can set some exposure compensation and make sure that the image is bright and clear. This is a good option when you have used ISO and don’t want to make your pictures grainy.

Camera Care

While you get adventurous with photography, don’t forget to protect your camera. Your first line of defence would be to use a good lens hood. While lens hoods can increase contrasts, they can keep the rain drops from landing onto your lens. You can make a custom plastic cover for your camera or just buy one from the market for the rainy days. If the rains are heavy, you could seriously consider holding an umbrella over your camera for more protection.

Follow these tips and make some refreshing rainy day photos!