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Meta’s Best Waterfall Photography Tips For Beginners

Waterfall Photography often involves shooting Long Exposure Photography on a Sturdy Tripod to smooth the waterfalls. Waterfall Photography is typically shot at 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 3 Stop ND Filter or CPL Filter to cut the light, due to the longer exposure.

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

Meta Gatschenberger, RN, shoots with 24 Megapixel Sony Digital Cameras with Sony and Minolta AF Lenses. Meta’s Sims Creek Waterfall (Photo: Top) was shot with her Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Prime Lens mounted on her Sony a77 II Digital Camera.

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Meta’s Waterfall Photography Setup

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

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

Meta’s Minolta AF Zoom 24–50mm f/4.0 Wide Angle Zoom Lens was fairly expensive, MSPR $463 in 1985 dollars 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 difficult areas to access and to shoot. Your camera equipment will get wet.
• Always Shoot 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, Variable 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 a77 II Digital Camera
Lenses: Minolta AF Zoom 24–50mm f/4.0 Wide Angle Zoom Lens
Tripod: Slik Pro 700DX Tripod with a Sony Wireless Remote Control
Camera Mode: Program Mode – Slow Shutter Speed Down
ISO: ISO 100 or Auto ISO (Limited to ISO 800)
Aperture: f/8.0 to f/11.
Focus: Manual Focus
Filters: 3 Stop ND Filter, Variable ND Filter or CPL FIlter
Shutter Speeds: 1/8 S, 1/15 S. 1/30 S, 1/2 S or 1 S exposure, depending on how much motion blur you want

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