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Photographer Meta Gatschenberger Presents Her Best Waterfall Photography Tips For Beginners

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Meta’s Best Waterfall Photography Tips For Beginners

Western North Carolina Nature Photographer Meta Gatschenberger Presents Her Best Waterfall Photography Tips For Beginners.

Waterfall Photography often involves shooting Long Exposure Photography on a Sturdy Tripod to Smooth Out the Waterfalls. Waterfall Photography is typically shot at much slower shutter speeds: 1/8 S, 1/15 S. 1/30 S, 1/2 S or 1 S exposure in Program Mode. This usually requires using a ND Filter to cut the light, due to the longer exposure.

Meta uses a HOYA 3-Stop ProND Filter to photograph Long Exposure Waterfall Photography.

Waterfall Photography is one of Meta’s favorite type of Digital Photography, because she lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, home of many amazing waterfalls.

Meta shoots with Sony Digital Cameras and Minolta Lenses.

Meta’s “Sims Creek Waterfall” (Photo: Top) was shot with a Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Prime Lens mounted on a Sony Digital Camera.

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Meta’s Best Waterfall Photography Tips

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Meta’s Best Waterfall Photography Setup

Meta enjoys shooting her Best Waterfall Photography, which often means hiking to remote waterfalls along the Blue Ridge Parkway (Photo: Left).

For Waterfall Photography, Meta uses her Minolta AF 24–50mm f/4.0 Wide Angle Telephoto Lens, because 24–50mm, Constant Aperture, Range works very well for Waterfalls, plus the lens is very sharp, compact and lightweight. Remember to photograph Waterfalls in a Portrait Mode.

The Minolta AF 24–50mm f/4.0 Wide Angle Telephoto Lens was fairly expensive, in 1985 and are very hard to find in Mint or Nearly New Condition.

Meta’s Best Waterfall Photography Tips

• Safety First – Not all waterfalls are a “Walk in the Park”. Most waterfalls are in very wet, muddy and very difficult areas to access and to photograph. You and your camera equipment will get wet!
• Always Photograph in RAW for Manually Controlled Long Exposures.
• White Balance – Auto White Balance. When shooting in RAW it doesn’t matter.
• Long Exposures of Waterfalls will require a 3-Stop ND Filter or CPL Filter.
• Always bring an Emergency Rain Poncho.
• Tripod Leg Protection Covers protect your Tripod Legs from mud, sand and water, if you have to put them in the water.

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Meta’s Best Waterfall Photography Camera Settings

Camera: Sony a99 II Digital Camera or Sony a77 II Digital Camera
Lenses: Minolta AF 24–50mm f/4.0 Wide Angle Telephoto Lens
Tripod: Slik Pro 700 DX Tripod with a Sony Wireless Remote Control
Camera Mode: Program Mode – Slow Shutter Speed Down
ISO: Auto ISO Limited to ISO 800 (APS-C) or ISO 1600 (Full Frame)
Aperture: f/8.0 to f/11
Focus: Center
Filter: HOYA 3-Stop ProND Filter
Shutter Speeds: 1/8 S, 1/15 S. 1/30 S, 1/2 S or 1 S exposure


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