Waterfall photography tips: Learn how to photograph waterfalls.
Capture the movement
The effect of flowing water in a photograph really changes with different shutter speeds. To freeze the water and capture its dramatic power; use a fast shutter speed (1/500 or shorter). To achieve lovely flowing, silky looking water; use a slow shutter speed (1/4th second or longer).
Only blur the water
If you are using a slow shutter speed to blur the water with a long exposure, you will need to use a tripod. When using longer shutter speeds on a tripod you also need to use a cable release/remote (or set the 2-second timer) on your camera to get a sharp shot
Embrace the clouds
Photographing a waterfall on a sunny day can be hard, direct sunlight on the water can result in an uneven exposure; cloudy days offer better conditions and use of longer shutter speeds. When waterfalls are in the bush, they can also often be in complete shade in the early morning and late afternoon on bright days.
Frame the waterfall
Make sure you include some still subjects like rocks in your composition, so that the whole shot is not just moving water. A strong foreground of rocks and flowing water can also help add depth in the photograph, leading the viewer’s eye to the waterfall behind.