John Lennon said, “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” When it comes to your photography, it’s your imagination—your creativity—that makes you who you are. That’s very cool.
One of the controls we can use to create our own photographic reality is the shutter speed setting on our cameras. With that simple control, we can alter time—by “freezing” it (with fast shutter speeds) and by blurring it (with slow shutter speeds). Other elements we can use to create our own photographic reality include Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and plug-ins.
When it comes to photographing moving water, most photographers like the effect produced by using a slow shutter speed, which creates the silky effect. “Frozen-in-time” water, on the other hand, isn’t as pleasing to look at, in most cases.
In this article, I’ll share with you my top techniques and accessories for creating the silky water effect. Let’s go!
I hope these tips help you capture some of nature’s natural wonders. As always, don’t get so involved in the technical aspects of photography that you miss out on experiencing the moment. Stop and smell the roses.
Rick Sammon is a longtime friend of this magazine. Learn more from Rick on his website: ricksammon.com.