Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Photography Tip: Creating A Smooth Water Effect

To achieve the gentle, smooth water appearance for streams, fountains, waterfalls, and other flowing bodies of water, reduce the shutter speed to be slower than 1/60th of a second (preferably a full second or longer). This will probably require you to shoot on a tripod or on a level, steady surface, but you may get away with hand-holding the camera if you hold really still (like I did for the shot above). Here, I shot at 1/8th of a second. Any faster than 1/60th of second will result in freezing (somewhat to very) individuated water particles as they drop.

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