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Tips & Tricks

4 Tips for Shooting Drop Dead Gorgeous Waterfalls

By fotosiamo on June 5th 2012

Digital Photography School has a very nice post on 4 tips for shooting drop dead gorgeous waterfalls. Most people think that all you need is a tripod and some ND filters, but Eric Leslie explains in more details some other important tips, from what time of the day to shoot to what kind of waterfalls require what length of exposure time.

Upper Crystal Creek Falls (Bite) by Eric Leslie

Upper Crystal Creek Falls (Bite) by Eric Leslie

The two tips I like the most are about reading the waterfall to determine how long of a shutter speed you need and about taking a plate at a fast shutter speed in order to freeze the motion of the leaves in the winds and blending that back into the longer exposure shot of the waterfall in post. This can also help if you want to do a HDR composite of the entire scenery and still want to do a beautiful waterfall at a long shutter speed.

Be sure to read the rest of the article on Waterfall shooting.

You can also take a look at more of Eric’s work at his website,, as well as follow his blog for more tips.


Joe is a fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dan Sifuentes

    If you are ever in the Nashville area then you should check out some of the nearby waterfalls. Here’s my list for the top 6 in the Nashville area.

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  2. Ed Rhodes

    i love a good waterfall shot

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  3. JumpinJive

    I’m okay with nd filters, especially when your shooting partner isn’t a morning person or when the cloudy skies break and flood your scene with massive amounts of sunlight.

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  4. Jomojo53

    I took a trip to the Georgia mountains to visit Amicalola Falls. The last time I had been ther was 30 years ago. This time I was prepared to capture it’s beauty.

    Visit my FB page and add me as a friend, or post comments or questions to my Flickr page.

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  5. Andrew Plath   I do have some scenes from the Dells of the Eau Claire River.   That is the closest waterfalls in this part of Wisconsin.

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