Smart & Connected Life Travel Tech 52 52 people found this article helpful How to Photograph Running Water Create stunning running water images with these tips by Jo Plumridge Writer Former Lifewire writer Jo Plumridge is a photography professional and writer for photography and travel venues such as BBC, Digital Camera Magazine, and Saga Magazine. our editorial process Twitter Jo Plumridge Updated on July 28, 2020 Travel Tech Digital Cameras & Photography Tips for Mobile Photography Tweet Share Email Taking ethereal shots that make a waterfall look like a soft, running mist while capturing the power and force of the water is not as simple as a quick snapshot with your DSLR camera. Use these easy tips and tricks to create beautiful shots of running water. Use a Tripod Balance your camera securely on a tripod, rock, flat wall, or similar steady surface. To produce the silky effect in many running water photographs, you'll be using a long exposure, so the camera must stay still and steady. Holding a camera at these longer exposures will create a blurry image. DSLR video is best taken using a tripod. Jorg Greuel/Getty Images Use a Slow Shutter Speed Meter your shutter speed using a light meter, if possible. If you don't have one, give your camera an exposure of at least 1/2 second and adjust from there. A slow shutter speed will blur the water and give it that heavenly feel. Use a Small Aperture Stop down to an aperture of at least f/22. This will allow for a large depth of field to keep everything in the image in focus. It will also require the use of a longer shutter speed. These two factors work together to create the best waterfall pictures. Use a Neutral-Density (ND) Filter ND filters reduce exposure and are very useful in achieving those slow shutter speeds while allowing for a large depth of field. Koldunova_Anna / Getty Images Use a Low ISO The lower the ISO, the less noise the image will have. Always use the lowest ISO possible to create the highest-quality images. The low ISO will also slow down the shutter speed. An ISO of 100 is best for waterfall shots. Use Low Light By slowing down the shutter speed, you'll increase the light that gets into your camera, risking overexposure. Less natural light will help prevent this issue. Shoot at sunrise or sunset, when the color temperature of light is more forgiving. If this is not possible, chose an overcast day rather than a bright, sunny one. Take Your Time By now, you might have noticed that strategies for photographing running water center on slowing down the shutter speed. This type of photography is all about patience, so take your time. Calculate every step and pay close attention to composition and perspective. Practice often, and before you know it, you'll have that dreamy waterfall image you've envisioned. To shoot water in its natural state, simply switch to a faster shutter speed, such as 1/60th of a second. This will show water as the human eye perceives it and stop any movement. Also consider using a polarizing filter to increase the depth and vibrance of your photo.