DSLR Basics – How to photograph waterfalls – Shutter Priority Mode – Long exposure Tutorial

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25 Responses to “DSLR Basics – How to photograph waterfalls – Shutter Priority Mode – Long exposure Tutorial”

  1. Olga Levin

    Hey thanks a bunch for this video. I have a D5100 and have been frustrated
    with how my water fountains look in my pics. I don’t really care too much
    about freezing the water in place because I know how to do that already.
    But I haven’t been satisfied with how the water fountain pics came out
    because even though I have my ISO set to 100 I couldn’t get the nice flow
    effect like I see in professional pictures. Didn’t think about the shutter
    speed.

  2. Leona Yhap

    Very nice, thank you

  3. Night6436

    Just bought myself a d3200. Found this video very helpful, thanks!

  4. NickD

    You should get a mic

  5. Jeremiah Fisher

    That was my big question, when cost is the limiting factor you do what you
    need to. There is nothing wrong with the D5000, I prefer the D90 (same
    sensor) but both perform well. For a jack of all trades the 18-200 will be
    fine but it will leave you wanting when it comes to sports and low light.
    You can always invest later in something like an 80-200 F2.8 or what have
    you to fill out the needs as time goes by.

  6. Jeremiah Fisher

    Thanks for the feedback. I am working on some options to get better audio,
    it is currently one of my biggest issues. I’m using a Nikon D90 for my
    footage at the moment, which does not have any capability for an external
    mic. I have an HD camcorder which I intend to use in the future, but i’m
    awaiting software to arrive that will allow me to edit its files. Then I
    just need to save up for a newer SLR to gain the advantages of the latest
    gen in video recording.

  7. Jeremiah Fisher

    The 18-200 is a decent walk around lens, it is a jack of all and master of
    non. If you want something to put on your camera and forget about, that
    would be the lens. Why the D5000 instead of one of its replacements such as
    the D5200?

  8. Jeremiah Fisher

    I’ve verified my exposures on several calibrated monitors, they are not
    blown out at all. An ND filter isn’t going to adjust the exposure, it will
    simply adjust the amount of time the shutter needs to be open to get the
    exposure you want. Which is dictated by your light meter or your
    experience. What is water perfection? A long exposure is merely one option
    not the perfect option. few users will watch an exhaustive video this was a
    primer. Later videos can cover focus/tripod/etc.

  9. AlohaMacintosh

    Your images look blown out…try a Sigma DP1M next time…

  10. Jeremiah Fisher

    I’m glad I was able to help, happy shooting.

  11. Jeremiah Fisher

    on 4 separate calibrated monitors the images do not look blown out. You
    might look into calibration software/hardware for your monitor. This video
    was about long/short exposures and the technique and theory work regardless
    of the hardware you use, any camera that has user control over
    Aperture/Shutter speed will suffice.

  12. France bédard

    hello, I am trying to make those pictures of the waterfall. I dont have the
    S fonction. I have TV, P,AV.. which one I need to use for the silky water?
    thank you very much. France

  13. Brandon Wolfram

    I don’t use auto mode any more I been of that for a year never going back

  14. Jeremiah Fisher

    I’m glad it has given you some insight on how to get these types of shots.

  15. VeryAsh

    this video was incredibly helpful thanks :D

  16. AlJeffersonA1

    Good tutorial, I enjoyed watching that. I am going to get a new DSLR (Canon
    EOS 650D) in a couple of weeks and will be using these techniques.

  17. Jeremiah Fisher

    The camera in the video is the Nikon D60, (reasonably similar to the D3000
    in function) I was using the 18-55mm VR kit lens with it. I was shooting
    the video with a Nikon D90 and 17-35 F2.8 Nikkor.

  18. Nick Casale

    Great video, thank you

  19. maghi cat

    You have a problem in that your image is blown-out. It is over exposed. Had
    you used inexpensive ND filters 2-8 stops you would have achieved what you
    intended to capture – water perfection. You did not cover focus – which
    should have been 1/3 of the focal length, nor did you address vibration,
    tripod use, lens, etc. Why did you post this?

  20. Izhar ISTAR

    thank you my friend and it good tutorial.

  21. Jeremiah Fisher

    Wonderful, I’m glad it was helpful. Stay tuned for new tutorials including
    how to shoot the moon and how to shoot Aurora. I’m also open to suggestions
    on tutorials you might find helpful.

  22. Jeremiah Fisher

    TV is your shutter priority mode, set your camera to this mode, and dial in
    a shutter speed around 1/10th of a second or slower. The shutter speed that
    is needed will depend on how much water is flowing how fast over the falls.
    Generally somewhere between 1/30th for really fast water, and 1 second for
    slow water will work. Adjust to your desired result.

  23. Pat Smith

    I have the D90 and when shooting video with it…the image seems to “wave”
    as you pan which is horrible. My iPad does a better job with video than my
    camera and even my video camera!

  24. jessis stillreading

    This was so helpful! Especially as i have a nikon :)

  25. Jeremiah Fisher

    The D90 has a few nice features which I really miss when I go to bodies
    that don’t have them, lens compatibility (only an issue if you have older
    lenses or intend to buy older lenses) and the top LCD and front and rear
    finger/thumb wheels are huge for me. But yes when it comes to getting a
    solid photo both do well. And the money you save can go to more/better
    lenses/tripods/flash/gaffers tape etc. Enjoy your new toy when you get it.

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