How To Capture Moving Water: Beginner Tips

Instructor Ace Noguera

Capture Silky Smooth Water Shots

The weather is cooling down and that gives us the perfect opportunity to go outside and grab some photos showing movement in the water. Have you ever wondered how to get images like this where you're capturing that motion in the water and it's almost like it's a silky smooth flow of water well in this video I'm going to teach you how to do exactly that!

Capturing Light Trails

This method also works with light trails and if you don't know what that is it's essentially photos like this and it allows you to capture motion inside your frame and essentially the way that we do this is we set our shutter speed on the camera to something relatively slow so what ends up happening is as we have that shutter open anything that passes through the frame will get this blurred effect whereas everything else that is static pretty much remains sharp and intact.

Set Low Shutter Speeds

You want to keep in mind that the longer we have our shutter open the more light is going to be let into our camera so this is why generally when you shoot at night light trails it's a little bit easier and it doesn't require anything extra to get those shots because you're simply relying on the light trails to create the image for you. Since you are shooting during the night you're not having an abundance of light enter your camera however on the flip side if you're shooting during the day like a landscape like this image here you are going to need some aid to help you darken things up.

How To Use ND Filters

To be able to properly balance your exposure now the most common way to do this is to simply add an ND filter and for those who don't know what this is called a neutral density filter and it comes in a few variants and they are basically like stops you are dropping your exposure by a couple of stops. I mean these can even go up to 32 and what you are doing is essentially putting sunglasses if you will over your lens and I have an example right here so here is one of my ND filters and you can see it's quite dark and to give you an even better idea if I go ahead and put this over the lens you can see how much darker it got right that's without and that is with an ND filter and so it helps when you want to take shots like this because like I said earlier by keeping that shutter open you are allowing a lot more light to enter into the sensor and to combat that and still be able to get a proper exposure you're going to need to put something in front of your lens.


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Ace Noguera
Professional photographer, entrepreneur, jet setter and enjoyer of life. Based in Atlanta.