Setting Up For A Waterfall Shot

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1. Attach the camera to your tripod, then compose and focus your shot.

2. For the best quality, make sure the ISO is set to 100.

3. Using Av mode, set your aperture to the smallest opening (such as f/22 or f/36).

4. Press the shutter button halfway so the camera takes a meter reading.

5. Check to see if the shutter speed is 1/15 or slower.

6. Take a photo and then check the image on the LCD.

If the water is blinking on the LCD, indicating a loss of detail in the highlights, then use the Exposure Compensation feature (as discussed earlier in this chapter) to bring details back into the waterfall. You will need to have the Highlight Alert feature turned on to check for overexposure (see "How I Shoot" in Chapter 4).

38mm lens

FIGURE 7.19

The Image Stabilization feature allowed me to handhold this shot. If the exposure were any longer, I would have definitely needed to use a tripod.

There is a possibility that you will not be able to have a shutter speed that is long enough to capture a smooth, silky effect, especially if you are shooting in bright daylight conditions. To overcome this obstacle, you need a filter for your lens— either a polarizing filter or a neutral density filter. The polarizing filter redirects wavelengths of light to create more vibrant, accurate colors, reduce reflections, and darken blue skies. It is a handy filter for landscape work. The neutral density filter is typically just a dark piece of glass that serves to darken the scene by one, two, or three stops. This allows you to use slower shutter speeds during bright conditions (Figure 7.20). Think of it as sunglasses for your camera lens. You will find more discussion on filters in the bonus chapter.

FIGURE 7.20

I used a polarizing filter to add two stops of exposure to this shot, thus allowing for a longer exposure time under the midday sun.

70mm lens

70mm lens

FIGURE 7.20

I used a polarizing filter to add two stops of exposure to this shot, thus allowing for a longer exposure time under the midday sun.

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