What shutter speed?

Tucquan Glen, Lancaster

Nature photography is best when there is a body of water like a water fall for example or a stream in a composition. Sometimes we ask how do these guys make a silky water effect in their photos? The answer is in the way they set their shutter speed. A shutter speed is part of the exposure triangle; ISO, Speed & Aperture.
If you are in the situation like in this shot, set your shutter speed to 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 or 1/5 seconds, lowest ISO (50 or 100) and meter the scene and set what the camera give you for aperture. 1/2 second is guaranteed silky smooth water effect. Other factors also to consider are the size of the body of water and it’s speed. That is for you to find out.

Keep shooting!


Technical photo stuff:
Shot in Lancaster county nature preserve with DSLR camera, 23mm, f/14, ISO 50, 1/2 sec, polarizer.


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