How To Capture and Edit Waterfalls – ON1 Photo RAW

Learn some tips and tricks on photographing waterfalls. Once you’ve captured some waterfall photos, it’s incredibly easy to set basic tonality using ON1 Photo RAW 2018. Use develop to quickly set your tone and color, then take your photo into Effects to apply the finishing creative touches.

Tips for photographing and editing waterfalls:

1. Gear
Use a tripod so that you can keep your camera level when shooting, allowing you to photograph at longer exposure settings. A polarizing or ND filter will allow you to photograph with slower shutter speeds in brighter conditions. Also, a blower for your lens. They are very cheap and help to keep water drops off your lens.

2. Composition
Remember to think about how you want the shot composed before taking the photo. Think about leading lines, framing, and how you want your waterfall to be composed in the shot.

3. Exposure
Try using different shutter speeds to get different looks out of your water. The longer the shutter, the more motion you will have in your water.

4. Developing
Pay attention to your highlights and exposure. Waterfalls, especially when shot with longer exposure, can be very bright and overexposed in areas so be careful of that when editing. Play with your shadows slider rather than just boosting your exposure to help tone down those bright waterfall whites.

5. Effects
Sunshine is a great filter for waterfalls because it makes the white areas pop out and subdues the darker areas of your shot, bringing the waterfall to life. Some glow may help your water stand out. Adding a Color Enhancer allows for complete control of colors while processing your scene. Adding a  vignette will help your subject pop out to the viewer more.

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