Waterfalls are one of nature’s wonders for landscape photography. But achieving beautiful waterfall photography can be frustrating.
When I’m in front of a waterfall I want to get the smooth silky water and the classic motion blur with a long exposure. That can be tricky.
In this photography tips article, I’ll share six tips for breathtaking waterfall photography that I’ve learned on the field.
How to Stay Safe When Photographing Waterfalls
You will find yourself in slippery terrain when learning how to photograph waterfalls. Human presence is very limited and so nature grows luxuriant and free.
Every rock, leaf, tree is wet, muddy or full of moss and lichens. So keep in mind to constantly watch your step. Photographing waterfalls can be a dangerous field.
Depending on the season, water streams and waterfalls can be big and powerful. The rage of streams full of water can make you lose your balance or drag your equipment away.
Also keep in mind that the closer you get to a waterfall, the more water spray and air flow there will be. Your camera gear and equipment could be damaged while capturing that long exposure waterfall.
To keep your camera safe, use a plastic bag to protect it, the front lens or any filters. I found a practical solution with hair shower caps found in hotels. They’re very light and get the job done.