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Old Sep 27, 2010, 5:33 AM   #1
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can anyone help me?
Im kinda new to the slr world, I own a Olympus e450 and
im still learning. Ive only really tried nature macro.

so, I wanna start taking photos of water.
I have a few queries, im wondering how you take photos of water droplets,
for eg, taking a photo of water falling onto something, and pictures of waterfalls where the water is all misty.
I know you have to do something with the ISO and shutterspeed.
someone told me to put it on a 100 ISO and 4 second shutterspeed, but HOW do you do that?!
Or is there a setting already there?
I dont wanna stuff anything up with my camera, so i need some help.
And im a newbie so i wont know what any things like 1/487 mean or stuff like that.
Im pretty sure these questions are gonna give you hell.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 6:11 AM   #2
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For photographing water droplets, you need to use very fast shutter speeds.

For photographing "waterfalls where the water is all misty", you need to use shutter speeds that are longer than normal. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shutter_speed for an example of photographing a waterfall with different shutter speeds.

There are three settings that affect exposure: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. Once you've selected the shutter speed you want, adjust the other two (or let the camera do it for you) so that you get a properly exposed image.

You can use either P (Program) mode or S (Shutter Priority) Mode, and rotate the Control Dial so you get the shutter speed you want, and the camera will select an appropriate aperture. If either the aperture or shutter speed are blinking, that means the exposure settings you've selected won't produce a properly exposed image, so you need to manually adjust the ISO setting so the shutter speed you want to use will work.

See pages 43, 44, and 50 of the E-450 Instruction Manual for more information.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 9:31 AM   #3
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Water droplets only require that you press the shutter button at the right time, with, as TCav says, a fast shutter. If you have to wait for the camera to autofocus on the water drop, you will probably wait a while, though, so use manual focus on where the drop is going to be. It will take quite a few attempts to get it right. Patience is the key.

Misty waterfalls need very long shutter openings. In a lot of cases, you are not going to get this in full daylight with any camera, and will probably need a neutral density filter to reduce the amount of light entering the camera.

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Here is a good tute for the waterdrops and site in general for beginner photography!



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