Photographing Water: Expert techniques for Capturing the Beauty of Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, Rainstorms, and More

Photographing Water: Expert techniques for Capturing the Beauty of Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, Rainstorms, and More

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682030561
Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,263,869
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Heather Hummel's photography spreads pixel dust on land and seascapes. Her photography has been on exhibit at Agora Gallery in the Chelsea District of New York City, C'ville Coffee in Charlottesville, VA and Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, CO. She licenses her photos through ImageBrief.

Table of Contents

About the Author 6

Introduction 7

Mother Nature and Water 8

Get Inspired 12

1 Stop in a Gallery 12

2 Make Photo Friends 12

3 Purchase a New Filter or Lens 13

4 Use Seasonal Inspirations 14

A Subject of Interest 17

1 Equipment and Exposure 18

Exposure Basics 18

Aperture and Depth of Field 18

Shutter Speed and Motion 19

ISO and Noise 19

Reciprocity 20

Exposure Modes 20

Program Mode 20

Shutter Priority Mode 21

Aperture Priority 21

Manual Mode 21

Which Mode Is Correct? 21

Tack-Sharp Images 22

1 Open Up the Aperture 22

2 Increase the ISO Setting 22

3 Add Light 22

A Starting Point 22

Accessories and Filters 24

Tripods 24

Lens Hoods 25

Filters 25

2 Oceans 31

The Many Moods of the Ocean 31

My Top Ten Tips 33

1 Find a Focal Point 33

2 Use the Rule of Thirds 34

3 Watch the Horizon Lines 36

4 Pack Your Camera Bag Wisely 37

5 Dress for Success 38

6 Optimize Your Camera Settings 41

7 Take Advantage of Clouds and Fog 44

8 Watch for Driftwood 44

9 Use the Rocks 46

10 Look for Tunnel Vision 48

More Than the Ocean 49

3 Lakes and Ponds 50

Reflections 50

The Early Bird Gets the Reflection 50

The Changing Seasons 52

Spring 52

Summer 54

Autumn 56

Winter 60

Where Seasons Are Less Defined 61

Photograph Themes 62

Mother Nature's Impact 62

4 Fireworks Over Water 64

Eight Steps to Great Fireworks Images 64

1 Choose a Lens 64

2 Select the Manual Mode 64

3 Set the ISO to 100 64

4 Set the Aperture 64

5 Select the Bulb Setting 64

6 Set the Focus to Manual 65

7 Adjust the Focus to Infinity 65

8 Trigger tire Shutter Remotely 65

Sample Images 67

Timing 67

And an ND Filter 67

5 Rivers 68

My Approach 68

Wide Waterways 68

Smaller Waterways 76

Rocks 76

Black & White 81

Reflections 83

It's Worth the Trek 83

6 Waterfalls 84

Size and Accessibility 84

Tips for Great Waterfall Images 89

1 Preparedness 89

2 Camera Settings 89

3 Tripod 89

7 Rainfall and Water Droplets 90

Camera Settings 90

Exposure Bracketing 91

Backlighting 91

Close-Ups and Reflections 92

Reflections 92

Thunder and Lightning Storms 94

Water Droplets All Around Us 95

Macrophotography: A Water Droplet 96

1 Watch the Lighting 96

2 Find a Flawless Subject 97

3 Compose Carefully 97

8 Nature 98

Birds and Butterflies 98

Three Tips for Nature Photography 100

1 Get Close 100

2 Shoot in Continuous Mode 100

3 Watch the lighting 100

Nature Macrophotography 101

Pick the Right Lens 101

Apertures and Depth of Field 101

Single Point AF 101

Leaves and Flowers 102

Depth of Field 102

Originality 103

Stability 103

Angles 104

Go Manual 104

Add Dew Drops 104

Nature on the Grand Scale 105

9 Vacation Photos 108

Preparedness 108

Home Sweet Home-Away from Home 111

Shoot at Sunrise or Sunset 112

Find the Best Perspective 113

Switch Up Your Lenses and Filters 114

Include People 115

Capture the Emotion 118

Ditch the First Photos 118

Keep Observing 119

Watch the Composition 122

Angle Higher or Lower 122

Choose a Shallow Depth of Field 123

Crop It Out 123

Clone Stamp 124

Conclusion 125

Acknowledgments 125

Index 126

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