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Old Dec 26, 2008, 12:40 AM   #1
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what would the ideal aperature / shutterspeed for shooting waterfalls?

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Old Dec 26, 2008, 6:36 AM   #2
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what would the ideal aperature / shutterspeed for shooting waterfalls?

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That depends on what you are trying to do. Do you want to freeze the water so that each drop is visible, or do you want to get the "silky" look a long exposure produces?

For the first instance, a fast ss is best - maybe 1/500 or faster. Aperture is dependent on how much you want in focus, but generally a smaller f-number is better for more dof.

For that silky look, 1/4 or 1/2 sec should do. The info for aperture still applies. A tripod will help a lot. If you don't have a tripod, try bracing the camera on something stationary. Edit to add that a slow shutter speed may cause over exposure, even at a small f-stop. In that case, a neutral density filter may be necessary.

Since it's digital, have fun and experiment to get the look you want ~ Ron
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