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10 Top Techniques On Photographing Water In All Its Form, Shapes & Sizes

We share ten top ways you can photograph water, and a few tips on how you can capture cracking shots of each water-based subject, too.

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Water is a brilliant photographic subject as it's so varied, you can capture a different form of it most days. From frost and mist to rain falling on cars, rivers flowing through landscapes and how about getting creative with bubbles? With so many options available, we've covered quite a few water-themed tutorials we want to share with you, all in one place, so you have a water photography reference guide to look at next time you're looking for some inspiration. 


1. Top Tips On Photographing Water Bubbles

Water Bubbles


I know the first thing some people will ask: 'why?' Well, to be fair, that is a perfectly sound question and yes, why bother standing in a stream and shoot water bubbles. To me, it is because you can and with digital, there is no cost. It is also a nice break from the usual blurred water shots that many of us love. So, while you are out there doing waterfalls, spend a few minutes afterwards trying this subject.


2. How To Photograph Wildlife On Water



Feeding ducks is something everyone enjoys but next time you head off for your Sunday morning stroll around your local pond, pocket your camera as well as the treats you take for the Mallards and Swans.


3. Top Water Sports Photography Tips

Top Water Sports Photography Tips


Head to the coast on a sunny day or even to your local reservoir and you'll probably find someone skimming along the water, holding onto a sail fasted to a windsurf board or getting pulled along by a boat on a board. The pros make it look easy and their jumps, turns and sheer speed make water sports a great photographic subject.


4. Our Best Underwater Photography Tips

Underwater Photography


Want to know how to improve your underwater shots? Take a look at these underwater photography tips which we've grouped into common questions which those wanting to try their hand at underwater photography ask. 


5. 4 Quick Creative Rain Photography Tips

Rain Photography Tips


At this time of year, there is a high possibility that you might get caught out by rain showers when you're out exploring. If you do experience some rain, even if you're at home nice and dry when it begins, here are some ways that you can capture rain creatively. 


6. How To Photograph Water Creatively - Ice, Fire & High-Speed

How To Photograph Water Creatively - Ice, Fire & High-Speed


If you thought H2O was boring, think again as our friends over on the COOPH YouTube channel have put together a really cool tutorial on photographing water creatively. With a DSLRtripod and a little bit of experimentation, COOPH shows you how to make a real splash with your images! All of the themes are super-easy to follow and the results are really impressive.


7. 10 Top Tips On Adding Blur To Water For A Creative Effect



Love it or loathe it, blurred water can look great in the right situation so it is always worth a try. For those who are new to the technique, here are 10 tips to get you started in turning even small cascades can look like raging torrents.


8. Waterfall Photography Tips: 3 Ways To Photograph Waterfalls



When it comes to photographing waterfalls, you can either capture the power and intensity of every cascade or you can slow things down and make the movement the focus of your photo.


9. 10 Top Frost Photography Tips For You To Read Today

10 Top Frost Photography Tips For You To Read Today


With a cool, clear night comes morning frost and it's a subject that works well for both close-up work and wider landscape shots. For your close-ups of the patterns frost creates, you'll need a macro lens or a 70-200mm zoom lens with extension rings will work just as well if you don't own a macro lens.


10. Top Tips On Photographing Water In The Landscape

Top Tips On Photographing Water In The Landscape


Rivers make a wonderful subject for the outdoor photographer, yet people rarely set out with the intention to photograph them. Rivers offer an abundance of opportunities from grand sweeping vistas to detailed abstracts to wildlife as well as being fantastic places to enjoy the outdoors. Here are 6 key pointers to help you achieve better river and open water landscapes.

Water in the landscape makes a great photograph at any time of the year but in winter, after we've had heavy rainfall or fog's settled in, lakes and rivers suddenly take on a new look that's well worth braving the cold to capture.


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