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Shutter Speed + Water Movement

13 Dec

Although I previously posted a lesson about shutter speed, I also want to include a more specific lesson on how to control the outcome of a photo with moving water.

Now that you have learned the basics about shutter speed, this skill should be easy to comprehend and accomplish.

How you set the shutter speed depends on how you want the water to look in the photo.

Like all fast-moving objects, a quick shutter speed is needed to capture a specific movement without blurring it. The same goes for water.

For a clearer image of the water and to show a specific motion, set your camera to a quicker shutter speed:

1/90 shutter speed

1/90 shutter speed

1/60 shutter speed

1/60 shutter speed

1/45 shutter speed

1/45 shutter speed

For a smoother, flowy look, set the shutter speed to a slower setting to allow the camera to pick up more movement.

1/30 shutter speed

1/30 shutter speed

1/20 shutter speed

1/20 shutter speed

1/15 shutter speed

1/15 shutter speed 

Make sense? :)

The faster the shutter speed, the less light the camera lets in, so you may need to change the f-stop (aperture) to a larger circumferance to let more light through for a well-lit image. You can also use outside light sources, like lighting equipment.

In these photo examples, I had to make the f-stop larger for the faster shutter speeds because the sun was going down.

Make sure to use a tripod or hold your camera as still as possible so as to only catch the movements of the water.

Good luck with your water photos! Feel free to let me know if this blog was helpful and share your finished product with me.

Photos taken at the Capital University fountains in Columbus, Ohio.
All photos copyright Tori Metzger ©