September 22, 2015

How to Photograph Milky Waterfalls

How to slow your shutter speed on a sunny day using filters

Milky Waterfalls

I first tried to photograph milky waterfalls when I got my first professional Nikon F3 SLR. The old school milky waterfall shot that I had seen in many magazines.

I was just a 13 year old boy when I first got into photography. Marveling at all the great looking shots in Amateur Photographer and Practical Photography magazines, I wanted to do likewise.

In my 20's, I bought a Nikon F3, a few filters and a ton of film and headed for the nearest waterfall. I tried and tried but failed pretty miserably then I realised my mistake.

The filters I was using were nowhere near enough to kill the light to enable a slow enough shutter speed. I needed a dark ND filter to allow at least a few seconds exposure to make the water go blurry. Today, I use the amazing Breakthrough ND filters...stunning.

I also needed a much better tripod as the one I had was not stable enough. Things have changed with digital and the DSLR.

It isn't as difficult as it seems if you have a DSLR, tripod, cable release (or built in self-timer). Perhaps a polarizer or neutral density filter too and then you can do this with no problem.

Check out the video on how to photograph milky waterfalls below which is taken from our free extended photography training section:

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